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CHRONOLOGY-The disappearance of Madeleine McCann

Original Source: YAHOO NEWS: 09 MAY 2007
Tue May 15, 2007 9:39am BST
LONDON - Three-year-old Madeleine McCann from Rothley, Leicestershire disappeared on May 3 during a holiday with her parents in the Algarve region of southern Portugal.

Here is a chronology of developments:

May 3 - The girl goes missing from her bedroom between 9.30 and 10 p.m. while her parents
Kate and Gerry are dining just 100 yards away at the Mark Warner Ocean Club holiday resort in Praia da Luz. A window and shutter are open and she is presumed to have been abducted.

May 4 - McCann family members and British media criticise police for what they call a slow initial response, failure to take the disappearance seriously at first, failure to notify ports and borders in time, and failure to secure the crime scene, which may have led to vital clues being lost.

Police say that under Portuguese secrecy laws they are unable to reveal details of the

Speculation swirls that the kidnapper comes from Britain. One woman says she saw a suspicious character hanging around the holiday flats just a few days before.

May 5 - Police say they have put together a
sketch of a suspect and confirm they believe Madeleine is still alive and being held within three miles of the crime scene. Media reports say the sketch is vague and only features the back of a man's head.

May 7 - Kate McCann makes an emotional appeal for her daughter's safe return

May 8 - Police say they have investigated 350 suspicious incidents but still have no idea where she might be.

Portuguese newspaper Correio de Manha says Madeleine may have been kidnapped by a paedophile ring.

Two criminal behaviour experts fly in from Britain

British ambassador to Portugal
John Buck tries to defuse criticism of the police by saying after a visit to the girl's parents that they appreciated the efforts being made.

Manchester United's Portuguese striker
Cristiano Ronaldo joins appeals for her release.

May 9 - Family issues statement saying they are grateful to all those helping in the search.


May 10 - The search around the resort winds down. Attention focuses on a blonde woman seen acting suspiciously before the girl's disappearance and the possibility that Madeleine might have been snatched by British abductors.


May 11 - Scottish businessman Stephen Winyard offers a one million pound reward. "There but for the grace of God, go all of us," he says.


Former England soccer captain David Beckham makes televised appeal for information.


May 13 - Businessman Richard Branson, author J.K. Rowling and footballer Wayne Rooney are among those to have contributed to rewards now totalling 2.5 million pounds.


May 13 - Half a million pilgrims attending the 90th anniversary of the first appearance of the Virgin Mary at the Sanctuary of Fatima pray for Madeleine's return.


May 14 - Her parents say they will not return home until they have found her but say they think she is safe.


Police search a villa up the road from where Madeleine was snatched and take a British man to a police station for questioning, local television reports.


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