PRAIA DA LUZ, Portugal: The mother of Madeleine McCann, the British
toddler abducted while on holiday in Portugal, led
tearful prayers as hopes faded in the search for her
Sunday was Mothering Sunday in Portugal. After attending a special
Catholic Mass in Praia da Luz, Kate McCann said: "Please
continue to pray for Madeleine."
Concerns are growing for the toddler, who was snatched from her bed
in the resort on Thursday night. The search, involving
hundreds of officers, has extended more than eight
kilometres from where she was taken.
It was disclosed on Sunday night that a sketch of a "prime" suspect
announced at the weekend shows only the back of his
head. It is believed a witness fleetingly saw a man in
the area with a small blonde child on Thursday night.
During Sunday's service in a small church less than two kilometres
from where Madeleine disappeared, a dozen local children
gave roses to their mothers and offered them prayers of
Mrs McCann, 39, a Catholic, attended the service with her husband,
Gerald, and broke down as she was given five pink and
red roses at the church. Among the verses sung was one
with the poignant words: "My mother, today I want to
wake up and have you beside me. Today I want to be able
to sing to you my everlasting love."
Throughout the service Mrs McCann clutched and kissed a small
cuddly toy, a favourite of her daughter, who will turn
four on Saturday.
Police sources said the suspect was most likely watching the
apartment for some time and knew the parents left their
children as they went for dinner.
Local media are pessimistic about the police investigation as it
was revealed that detectives do not have a known suspect
It was also claimed that Portuguese border police were not informed
of Madeleine's disappearance until 12 hours after the
abduction, giving a suspect time to get across the
border into Spain.