McCann made an emotional return home to Britain last night as it emerged
that he was planning a "mission" to find his daughter Madeleine.
Mr McCann and his wife, Kate, have vowed to travel throughout
to "spread the message" of their missing daughter.
A family spokesman said: "They are looking at everything that is
possible to find Madeleine. If it means going around
to meet people and talk to them then they will do that.
"There are no firm plans yet but it is where their thoughts are
going at the moment."
It is 18 days since Madeleine was abducted from her parents' holiday
apartment in Praia Da Luz in the
Mr and Mrs McCann went to church yesterday morning and spent the
afternoon with their two-year-old twins on the local beach before Mr
McCann departed for a brief trip back to
Family members said it was an "emotional" moment for him to leave
Kate's side for the first time and walk through the door of the
family home in Leicestershire without Madeleine.
The last time he was there was just over three weeks ago, with his
wife, the twins and Madeleine, as they prepared for the holiday
which has turned into an ordeal.
Mr McCann is making the 36-hour visit to Rothley to deal with
He is also due to meet organisers of the Find Madeleine fund.
Discussions will include the possibility of hiring private
detectives in specific countries, including
and north Africa, as the search continues.
The focus of the family's attention has increasingly turned to
raising publicity and awareness worldwide.
Philomena McCann, Madeleine's aunt, has said they believe she is no
longer in Portugal.
Meanwhile, Mr and Mrs McCann backed calls for a silent "minute of
hope" to be upheld today. An anonymous viral email has circulated
across Portugal since
It reads: "Madeleine, Monday, 12 o'clock, a national one minute's
silence to raise consciousness about the disappearance of Maddie.
Pass on the message."
Carmelite nuns from the north of the country have also been sending
out emails calling for the nation to pray for 10 minutes on Tuesday
Yesterday, Mr and Mrs McCann attended Mass at the church of Nossa Senhora Da
Luz in Praia Da Luz.
The couple sat in the main body of the congregation for an Ascension
Mrs McCann knelt and prayed for Madeleine and later smiled and wiped
away a tear as two babies were baptised.
Madeleine's disappearance has generated an extraordinary worldwide
response, especially on the internet.
An official website -
- has registered
almost 100 million hits in four days. Just under 50 per cent of
those were from users in the UK,
31.8 per cent in Portugal,
5.5 per cent in the United States
and the rest across Europe and Asia.
The police investigation continues to focus on Robert Murat and his
alleged links to the Russian computer expert, Sergey Malinka.
Police are investigating a series of calls between the two men on
the night Madeleine disappeared. There were claims in Portuguese
news-papers yesterday that Mr Malinka deleted the contents of his
computer's hard drive before police seized them.
Police chief Olegaro Sousa said "not one relevant detail" was found
on the computers belonging to the 22-year-old.
Both men deny any involvement with the abduction.
There were also claims that huge rewards offered for the missing
girl have led to a series of false tip-offs which have hampered the