Written by Carly Walker (providr.com)
The case of missing child, Madeleine McCann made international news after she was reported missing from her family’s vacation home in Praia da Luz, Portugal on May 3, 2007.
According to The Telegraph, McCann was last seen when her parents tucked her into bed. But she went missing shortly after 10pm when her mother went in to check on her, and discovered that her daughter was not there.
The investigation lasted for years, and Madeleine’s parents, Kate and Gerry McCann were seen as suspects. In addition to a series of ‘mystery men’ who eyewitnesses claim to have seen carrying a child matching Madeleine’s description.
One theory by the Portuguese police suggested that ‘Madeleine had been killed by her parents by accident, possibly by being given an overdose of a sedative to make her sleep, that they had hidden the body, faked her abduction and then used the hire car weeks later to move her body to a burial location’ reports The Telegraph.
However, in 2008 the McCanns were cleared as suspects. According to The Daily Mail, investigator Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe stated that nine years after the girl’s disappearance, the case may be reaching its end.