PRAIA DA LUZ, Portugal — Police have produced a
drawing of a suspect
thought to have abducted 3-year-old
as she slept in a
Detectives believe Madeleine was taken by someone who may have stalked her
family during their holiday on the Algarve. They are working on the
assumption that she is still alive and are concentrating their search within
two or three miles of where she was taken.
Guilhermino Encarnacao, the director of judicial police in Faro, said the
initial drawing of the suspect was not being released to “safeguard the child’s
life.” Officers are understood to have interviewed witnesses who may have seen
Encarnacao appealed to the kidnapper for the safe return of the child. “Bring
her back just as she is, because you’re still in time,” he said.
On Saturday night Madeleine's parents,
Gerry and Kate McCann, both doctors,
appeared for a second time to make a new appeal for information.
Kate McCann, again clutching a white teddy bear, stood arm and arm with her
husband as he said: "We would again like to appeal for any information,
however small, that might lead to the safe return of Madeleine."
Madeleine disappeared on Thursday evening just before 10 p.m. as she slept with
twin brother and sister
in the family apartment at the Ocean Club
resort in Praia da Luz, which is run by the
Mark Warner holiday company. Her
parents were eating nearby at a
Officers have received more than 30,000 calls offering information. About 150
investigators have been deployed in Portugal and are liaising with
British police and Interpol.
said relatives were clinging on to hope.
“It’s really important to keep your emotions in check because the last couple
of days have been like a rollercoaster,” she said.
"We cannot describe the anguish and despair we are feeling as parents of
our beautiful daughter Madeleine," Gerry McCann, 39, said.
Hundreds of holidaymakers, British expatriates and local residents yesterday
joined the hunt for Madeleine, which included local campsites.
The couple attended morning mass at the
Church of Our Lady of Light in the town.