Three-year-old Madeleine McCann has been
snatched during a family holiday.
has ordered more police into the hunt for a
three-year-old British girl believed kidnapped from a
holiday hotel in the southern region of Algarve.
Members of the organised crime unit have been deployed to join the
240 police and fire officers and 20 civilians already
searching for Madeleine "Maddie" McCann, Portuguese
Police were scheduled to hold their first news conference later
today, the first since McCann went missing.
The addition of the organised crime unit to the team highlighted
fears that the girl might have been abducted by an
international gang of sex predators, according to the
Correio da Manha citing British and Portuguese
Another newspaper, Publico, said police were also looking into the
possibility that Maddie might have been taken by an
international adoption ring.
The girl disappeared from her hotel room in a seaside resort near
the village of Praia da Luz in the Algarve on Thursday
while her parents ate dinner at a nearby restaurant.
Early on Tuesday, investigators broadened the search zone for the
missing three-year-old to 40 km around the hotel.
Reports said investigators had a photofit of the man suspected of
kidnapping her, but they are holding it back out in fear
of endangering Maddie's life.
According to a police description, the man was believed to be a
pudgy British citizen around 35-40-years-old, of medium
height, with a tanned complexion, and dark, slicked-back
He was seen a week earlier in the southern Sagres region taking
pictures of children. He had even tried to force one
child into his car, according to the Publico daily.
Three British police joined the search on Sunday and were acting as
a liaison for the parents, Gerry and Kate McCann, both
38-year-old doctors from Leicestershire in the English
The Portuguese police were also in contact with the European police
network Europol and its international counterpart,