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Key developments in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann

Original Source: GUARDIAN: TUESDAY 15 MAY 2008
Tuesday May 15, 2007 Guardian Unlimited



Madeleine McCann case

A list of the key events in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann on Thursday May 3 at the Ocean Club in Praia da Luz.

May 3
- Kate and Gerry McCann leave their daughter Madeleine and her brother and sister, twins aged 2, in bed in their apartment while they have dinner at a nearby restaurant.
- Mrs McCann checks on them at 10pm and finds the bedroom window open and Madeleine gone. Police are alerted immediately.

May 4
- Border police, the Spanish authorities and airports are notified. Volunteer teams continue to comb the village, resort and beach for clues.

May 5
- Detectives reveal they believe she was abducted

May 7
- Mrs McCann makes a personal plea to whoever is holding her daughter: "Please, please do not hurt her. Please do not scare her."

May 9
- Police examine a CCTV tape from a service station a few miles from Praia da Luz, showing a woman with a girl fitting Madeleine's description.

May 10
- Police say in a press conference that the local search for Madeleine is being wound down. They issue an image of a pair of pyjamas identical to those Madeleine was wearing when she disappeared.

May 11
- A businessman, Stephen Winyard, offers a reward of 1m for information leading to the return of Madeleine.
- David Beckham makes a television appeal for information.

May 12
- Madeleine's fourth birthday.
- Donors including Sir Richard Branson bring the total amount of money now being offered in the search to more than 2.5m.

May 14
- Mr McCann says that "until there is concrete evidence to the contrary, we believe Madeleine is safe and is being looked after".
- The home of a British man, Robert Murat, which is 160 yards from where Madeleine was snatched, is searched by police. Police confirm he is a suspect.


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