Could not subscribe, try again laterInvalid Email For Kate and Gerry McCann , the family holiday they had been looking forward to for months was to become a nightmare. The resort the family was staying in Image: The rear of the flat could be accessed via a waist-high gate from the main public road straddling the s-built Ocean Club. Madeleine , their eldest child at nearly four years old, slept in one of two single beds, while her twin siblings Sean and Amelie each had a travel cot in the middle of the room.
Maddie and her siblings were asleep while her parents were out for dinner Image: But Kate and several other members of the group thought it was too far away from their rooms and complained it did not open until 7pm.
They decided instead to block-book a large table at the tapas restaurant for the next six nights and eat once their children were asleep. The group turned down the chance to pay for resort-supplied babysitters or put their kids in an evening creche.
Instead, each couple agreed to take turns to make half-hourly checks on their children. On May 3, the McCanns considered dining alone with their children but changed their minds. It was during this time that Kate took the last known photograph of Madeleine at 2.
Maddie's parents had turned down the chance to pay for resort-supplied babysitters Image: Gerry later played a game against another holidaymaker while Kate went for a jog.
The couple sat down with their children for dinner at the tapas restaurant at around 5pm. They went back to apartment 5A at 5.
The Tapas Seven Image: Later, in her book, Kate said he had popped his head around the door during this visit. Gerry returned at 7pm and the couple read to the children before they went to bed at 7. They told police the front door was locked and they left by the rear patio door, closing it but not locking it.
Madeleine was asleep with her pink Cuddle Cat comforter on the bed. Kate holds Cuddle Cat close Image: Sunday Mirror According to various witnesses, the McCanns were the first in the group to arrive for dinner at around 8. Gerry left the table at around 9. He told police he entered via the rear patio and went into their bedroom, where all three were asleep.
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On his way back to the restaurant he briefly spoke to a man he met playing tennis earlier in the week, TV producer Jeremy Wilkins. Kate was due to make the 9. He told detectives the bedroom door was open and he saw Sean and Amelie asleep in their cots but did not physically see Madeleine.
He also recalled noticing their room seemed lighter than the others, as if the shutters were partially opened.
Kate agreed with Gerry to make the 10pm check because she had not gone half an hour earlier. She also told detectives that the curtains and window were open and the shutters up — and Madeleine missing from her bed. Kate left the twins in their travel cots and ran into the tapas restaurant, shouting: But British detectives revealed in that the man was an innocent tourist and the girl was not Madeleine.
The apartment the McCann's stayed in Image: Daily Mirror Martin helped to compile an e-fit of the suspect a year later but the images were only made public in This statement, given to the Irish Garda, was included in the Portuguese police files made public in After Kate raised the alarm at 10pm the entire Tapas group raced to the apartment and began searching the immediate area.
Portuguese police were notified at Portuguese police looked into the sighting but dismissed it as not being relevant to the investigation.
Staff alerted officers after seeing a distressed blonde girl accompanied by a woman inside the Galp services on the A22 in Lagos.
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