Sep 9, 2007

Timeline in Madeleine McCann Disappearance

Photo of Madeleine Beth McCann, missing daughter of Kate and Gerry McCann12 May 2003 - Madeleine Beth McCann is born to Kate and Gerry McCann at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester.

3 May 2007 - Kate and Gerry McCann tuck their daughter Madeleine and her two-year-old twin brother and sister Sean and Amelie into bed and head for dinner with some friends at a nearby tapas restaurant, which is about 100 yards away from the sleeping children.

3 May 2007 - Three-year-old Madeleine McCann disappears from her family's apartment in Praia da Luz (The Beach of Light"). The initial investigation by the Guarda Nacional Republicana reaches the conclusion that Madeleine McCann had been abducted.

5 May 2007 - As the search for Madeleine continues, her parents issue a statement that says they "cannot describe the anguish and despair" they are feeling, and added that "if you have Madeleine, let her come home to her mummy, daddy, brother and sister."

8 May 2007 - Portuguese daily newspaper Correio de Manha reports that Madeleine may have been kidnapped by a pedophile ring.

11 May 2007 - Portuguese police call off ground searches for Madeleine McCann after no traces of the toddler were found.

12 May 2007 - Gerry and Kate McCann restate international calls for help on what would have been Madeleine's fourth birthday.

13 May 2007 - Up to 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 safe return.

15 May 2007 - British citizen Robert Murat is made an official arguido ("suspect") after a search of his mother's villa. Murat came to the attention of police by the British press after he repeatedly crossed the police tape outside the crime scene. Casa Liliana is located a mere 150 yards from the apartment where Madeleine went missing.

17 May 2007 - Official web site,, is launched.

26 May 2007 - Based upon a witness report, the description of a man seen on the night Madeleine disappeared "carrying a child or an object that could have been taken as a child" is broadcast by Portuguese police.

30 May 2007 - Gerry and Kate McCann meet the Pope at a general audience in Rome at the start of a European tour to raise public awareness of Madeleine's disappearance.

Photo of Madeleine Beth McCann, missing daughter of Kate and Gerry McCann 6 June 2007 - Sabina Mueller of German Radio asks the McCanns how they feel about the fact that "more and more people seem to be pointing the finger" at them. This is perhaps the first indication that media attention is shifting toward the McCanns as perpetrators of the crime.

12 June 2007 - The McCanns return to Portugal after their tour of Europe. Gerry McCann tells reporters that he and Kate "certainly want to take time to reflect on what has been achieved and how best we can help the investigation."

17 June 2007 - Chief Inspector Olegario Sousa admits that vital forensic clues might have been destroyed in the hours after Madeleine's disappearance, as the scene was not properly secured. He noted that "the presence of so many people - especially in the room where the little girl slept with her brother and sister - could have at least complicated the work of the forensic team."

10 July 2007 - Suspect Robert Murat questioned again by Portuguese police. "We will be conducting more interviews,” said Chief Inspector Olegario Sousa to reporters afterward.

29 July 2007- British sniffer dogs are flown to Portugal. Keela and Eddie work in the apartment and several cars, including the car the McCanns rented some 25 days after Madeleine disappeared.

6 August 2007 - Police fail to find any new evidence after a search of the home of Robert Murat following a two-day, multi-jurisdictional effort.

7 August 2007 - Forensic tests begin in a British lab on traces of blood found by sniffer dogs in Madeleine's apartment.

11 August 2007 - Police in Portugal publicly state for the first time that, in light of emerging evidence, Madeleine may be dead. Chief Inspector Sousa adds that Gerry and Kate McCann are not being considered as suspects following newspaper speculation that they were under police suspicion.

17 August 2007 - Portuguese police announce that they are "not seeking any suspects" at the time, and that there are three undisclosed hypothetical scenarios they are pursuing.

24 August 2007 - Portuguese police acknowledge that they still have doubts over how Madeleine disappeared and whether the child will ever be found.

31 August 2007 - Gerry and Kate McCann initiate a libel suit against the Portuguese newspaper Tal & Qual. The paper printed that "police believe" the McCanns killed their daughter.

6 September 2007 - Portuguese police interview Kate McCann for 11 hours as a witness in the presence of her lawyer. In addition, Portuguese detectives confirm they have the partial results of forensic tests by a UK laboratory.

7 September 2007 - Madeleine's mother is declared an official suspect and fears she could be charged in the disappearance of Madeleine, family friends say. Gerry McCann is also named as a formal suspect following additional questioning.

9 September 2007 - The McCann family returns to England with the full knowledge and agreement of Portuguese police.

10 September 2007 - Portuguese police announced that they will be sending an investigative report to prosecutors detailing their recent findings, and that prosecutors would determine whether or not to charge Kate and Gerry McCann with any crimes in the disappearance of Madeleine.

13 September 2007 - The Daily Mail quotes unnamed Portuguese police sources who suuggest that Madeleine McCann died as a result of an overdose of sleeping medication. DNA samples obtained from the rental car the McCanns used 25 days after the disappearance of Madeleine reportedly showed traces of an undisclosed sleep aid.

15 September 2007 Gerry and Kate McCann announce a $160,500 ad campaign aimed at keeping the search for Madeleine McCann a top priority in Spain, Portugal, and "other parts of Europe."

20 September 2007 - Gerry and Kate McCann hired Rogerio Alves, one of Portugal's top lawyers, to lead their defense team.

25 September 2007 - A possible photo of Madeleine McCann surfaced, taken by tourists in Morocco in late August 2007.


Barb said...

Did you mention the blood found in a car rented 25 days after her disappearance? Is that correct?

historymike said...

That's what the Protuguese are saying, Barb, that 25 days after Madeleine's disappearance her blood somehow turned up in a car the McCanns rented.

Barb said...

But in a car rented when? My understanding is that they didn't find the blood 25 days later but that the car wasn't rented by the couple until 25 days after her disappearance --which would suggest the child was alive and someone using that car killed her 25 days or more after her disappearance--depending on how long they rented the car for.

UNLESS the car was rented by the killer earlier --and they rented the same car 25 days after the disappearance. AH! The plot thickens! The killer is a pedophile pervert at the car rental place who rented them the same car in order to implicate them!

microdot said...

In so many past cases of unexplained child disappearances or murders with shaky evidence, the public is shocked by the final revelation that a parent was responsible.
I so want to believe the McCanns!
I also realize that the possiblity of finding Madeline alive does not exist anymore.

France was rtecently traumatized by the insane tale of the mother who was able to fool the world during two pregnancies while living in Korea. She even fooled her own husband who never knew she was pregnant and even more bizarre was the fact that their neighbor was having an affair with the mother which resulted in the pregnancies.
Accidentally, one night, a guest at a dinner party discovered the frozen bodies of the babies in the freezer. Thew couple claimed that they had no idea of how the bodies got into their freezer. It seemed that the husband was telling the truth, but after almost a year, the mother admitted the story and we are still dealing with it.
Francois Mittterands daughter just wrote a very good analytical book as a novel investigating the pathology of a crime like this....

It was interesting to see her on French TV as she is very pregnant and said that she was able to use her own feelings about pregnancy to find a place in her mind where she could relate to this story.

Embaixador said...

I think that all of us will be very surprised. This story is getting too weird.

Tina Kubala said...

I admit, I've not followed this case closely. It's one of those situations where if the parents aren't responsible for what happened, I really feel for them. The thing that leads me to believe they are not responsible is the fact the twins are not also missing. What's the point to get rid of only one kid?

One thing that bugs me, why would you leave your three year old alone with her younger siblings? Asleep or not, I can't understand it. If a three year old wakes up and no one is there, she's going to be scared.

Mad Jack said...

One thing that bugs me, why would you leave your three year old alone with her younger siblings?

I think Maggie Thurber raised that question as well. I think it's an extremely appropriate question. Shoot, I'm dumber than a box of rocks where kids are concerned, and I know better than to pull a stunt like that.

Barb said...

I'm not sure whether it's speculation or fact --when news reported that the mother may have over-sedated the child because sedating her children was something she did to put them to sleep. That's what I'm not sure of --if they KNEW she sedated sometimes, as an MD --they named the drug --or speculated that she might have sedated --and overdosed the girl accidentally.that's the latest suspicion, anyway.

AFter I posted it here, someone on news questioned who had the car before the parents rented it on day 25? They were thinking as I did --maybe the killer saw to it that the parents rented the car after the child had left DNA there --they are also still speculating about the DNA --as to whether it could be a sibling's, last I heard.

I suppose if you thought you locked your children up --asleep --and you were close by--but what is close enough? if you couldn't hear them cry. But if you sedated your kids to get them to sleep--in such a situation as this and left them sleeping....I can imagine parents thinking this was a safe thing to do if they were as close in distance as being in another part of a large house. Safer than a stranger baby sitter from the hotel?

I think the sedating accidental death idea is very possible --and the cover-up by smart people with a lot to lose if it's known they accidentally over-medicated their child -- what a sad mess.

Barb said...

I wonder why police or media suspects the mother of the over-medication instead of the father? Seems very sexist, doesn't it?

sarah j. said...

It is the fact that only one kid is missing that makes me suspect the parents accidentally overdosed her. If it had been a pedophile, they might likely have taken the younger girl as well.

Anonymous said...

Hi! I'm form Portugal

They suspect the mother with the overdose, because of her schooling.

Let me explain.

When all this happened, I started doing research on the internet and tried to look up KATE McCANN, and found very little about her.
I saw a place that said when she was born, who her parents were, where she studied, when and to whom she married and the kids and where she was working.

Well..., when she was in University, she was studying to be an anaesthetist, but later changed to gynaecologist.

Funny her first choice.

About a week ago, on TV a reporter mentioned that he found unusual that there are people that were interested in Kate McCann's birth day, but that it is nowhere to be found, so I went back to the place where I found this information and to my surprise (or not) all that was written about KAte had dissappeared.


There is also an anonymous person that wants to buy the car that the blood evidence was found, from the rental company.
What for????

This story is getting wierder by the minute.

Anonymous said...

I hope you don't mind that I copied this article into my blog (mentiomimg the credits, of course). I wonder when and where this sad story will end...