... Madeleine McCann.Photo: Reuters
THE distraught parents of a three-year-old English girl
believed to have been kidnapped while on holiday in
Portugal were clinging to hope that she was still alive
As a desperate hunt for Madeleine McCann continued in
the Algarve, her mother relived the horrific moment she
discovered her daughter had vanished from her bed while
she and her husband were in a restaurant only 40 metres
The Daily Mail reported that Kate McCann ran from their
apartment in an upmarket Portuguese resort screaming:
"Someone has taken my little girl!"
Dr McCann and her cardiologist husband, Gerry, have told
family and friends they suspect their daughter was
snatched while her two-year-old twin brother and sister
were asleep in cots on either side of her.
Madeleine, who was born through IVF, disappeared from
the family's ground-floor holiday apartment at the Mark
Warner holiday complex in the Praia da Luz resort as her
parents ate at a tapas restaurant.
The child's aunt, Trish Cameron, said Madeleine's
parents kept going back to check on the children every
"He went back at nine o'clock to check the children.
They were all sound asleep, windows shut, shutters
shut," the aunt said.
Dr McCann later went over to the two-bedroom,
ground-floor apartment and "came out screaming", Mrs
Cameron said. "The door was lying open, the window in
the bedroom and the shutters had been jemmied open.
"Nothing had been touched in the apartment, no valuables
taken, no passports. They think someone must have come
in the window and gone out the door with her."
Portuguese police sealed off the three-storey block and
forensic specialists fingerprinted the ground-floor
window of the McCanns' apartment. All airports, ports
and border posts have been alerted.
Despite a massive search throughout the night by police,
sniffer dogs and dozens of holidaymakers, there has been
no sign of Madeleine, who was wearing white pyjamas.
Source: The Sun-Herald