On the 3rd of May 2007 a little girl mysteriously disappeared from her holidays in Portugal. The parents, Dr Gerald McCann and Dr. Kate Healy-McCann, from the very beginning were convinced their daughter Maddie was abducted. But for the Police in Portugal (PJ), after 4 Months of investigations, the outcome was seemingly clear: The parents were the main suspects for the disappearence of their three year old daughter Maddie. After then but things changed very much. Instead since then there is the abduction hypothesis at the center of the new investigations. In 2011 the Operation Grange lead by Scotland Yard started to reinvestigate the case.
see also Wikipedia →Response to the disappearance of Madeleine McCann: “The disappearance provoked differing analyses by experts. Shortly after Madeleine went missing two former Scotland Yard commanders expressed the view that she had been abducted. Roy Ramm considered that it was a carefully planned kidnapping by someone who had been watching the child. John O'Connor was of the view that Madeleine had wandered out of the apartment on her own and was subsequently abducted. O'Connor opined that she was likely to be nearby and recommended a thorough search of surrounding occupied premises. This hypothesis was also supported by criminologist Mark Williams-Thomas who said, in May 2008, that he believed what happened was that Madeleine woke up, walked around the apartment, found the back patio door was insecure and wandered out. It was at this point that she was most likely abducted by an opportunistic predatory paedophile. Paulo Sargento, a criminal psychologist at Lusófona University in Lisbon, however had produced in October 2007 a 3D reconstruction of events at the Ocean Club on the evening Madeleine disappeared. His view was that kidnapping would be inconsistent with the evidence. The case was also reviewed by the notable forensic investigator Professor David Barclay of Robert Gordon University. His opinion was that the police were right to consider the McCanns as suspects and that the child is probably dead.”