PRAIA DA LUZ, Portugal — Kate McCann marked the 14th day of the
search for her missing daughter Madeleine by attending a
church service Thursday, while Portuguese police
released a local Russian computer expert questioned in
connection with the case.
Madeleine, aged 4, vanished after her parents left her, and her
brother and sister, both aged 2, alone in their room
while they went to a tapas bar inside their hotel
complex in southern Portugal’s Algarve region, a popular
European tourist destination.
Police said they questioned a Russian man who is believed to have
had business dealings with their only formal suspect in
the case, 33-year-old Robert Murat, a British man who
lives close to the McCanns’ hotel.
The Russian, who has lived in the resort town Praia da Luz for
several years, was taken to a local police station by
plain-clothes detectives late Wednesday. They also took
computer equipment from his apartment.
Inspector Olegario de Sousa told Portugal’s news agency Lusa the
man was released in the early hours of Thursday after
providing a witness statement.
Police have placed Murat under formal investigation, though they
released him after questioning earlier this week because
they did not have enough evidence to charge him.
Murat has denied any involvement in Madeleine’s disappearance.