An image has been created to show what
Madeleine may look like now
Prayers have been said in the McCanns' home
village, two years since their daughter Madeleine went missing.
Gerry and Kate McCann are thought to be
spending a weekend away from the spotlight while churches in Rothley,
Leicestershire marked the anniversary.
Private detectives have spoken publicly about
their inquiry for the first time.
The British former police officers said the
answer still lay with someone in the Portuguese resort from which
Madeleine disappeared, aged three.
Ahead of the anniversary the
family released an age-progression image of how Madeleine - who vanished
from the family's holiday apartment in Praia da Luz - may look now at
nearly six years old.
'Pain and anxiety'
Detectives Dave Edgar and Arthur Cowley told
a Channel 4 documentary, to be aired next week, that someone living in
or around the Algarve resort knew what had happened to her.
Mr Edgar, a retired detective inspector with
30 years experience, said: "You don't start an investigation in Morocco
or Spain or France or even Lisbon.
"This offence happened in Praia da Luz. It is
a very self-contained resort, and that's where we've started and that's
where I think the answer is."
The detectives disclosed that a witness
statement released last summer corroborated the sighting by a friend of
Madeleine's parents of a man carrying a girl in the area at the time she
Arthur Cowley and Dave Edgar were employed by
They also said statements from files released
last summer suggested the family may have been watched in the days
before Madeleine disappeared.
Tomlinson, (left) priest at Rothleys Catholic church Sacred
Cutting Edge: Madeleine Was Here follows the
two men as they try to piece together eye-witnesses accounts.
In Rothley, Rev Rob Gladstone from the parish
church said prayers were held every week for Madeleine but there was
extra thought on the anniversary.
He said there was no special service as the
anniversary tied in with normal Sunday services.
Father Keith Tomlinson, priest at Rothley's
Catholic church Sacred Heart, said mass was dedicated to the McCanns.
In a statement issued ahead of the
anniversary, the McCanns said: "The pain and anxiety does not lessen,
but our determination to find our beautiful daughter remains steadfast.
"We are no longer looking for a four-year-old
little girl - but a six-year-old one. This is crucial.
"We are hoping that the new, age-progressed
image of Madeleine aged six, produced by the National Center for Missing
and Exploited Children in Washington, will help people to see what
Madeleine may look like today."
Despite numerous leads, the investigation
into what happened to her has drawn a blank.