British girl Madeleine McCann, who vanished during a 2007 family vacation in Portugal, may still be alive, London’s Metropolitan police said Wednesday, citing a yearlong review of the case.
Madeleine was a few days shy of her fourth birthday when she disappeared from her family's holiday apartment in Praia da Luz while her parents dined in a nearby tapas restaurant with friends. Despite a huge police investigation, massive coverage in the Portuguese and British media, and a public riveted to social media, she remains missing.
Metropolitan Police on Wednesday released a new image of the girl, created in collaboration with the family, that shows how Madeleine might look at age 9. Her ninth birthday is May 12.
Here is a timeline of the Madeleine McCann case:
May 3, 2007:
– Madeleine’s parents, Gerry and Kate McCann, report that Madeleine has disappeared. The couple go on to campaign internationally to secure the safe return of their daughter, including having a meeting with Pope Benedict XVI and securing support from soccer star David Beckham.
May 14, 2007:
– Portuguese police name Robert Murat, a British man living in Portugal, as a suspect in the case.
September 7, 2007:
– Portuguese police name Kate and Gerry McCann as suspects in the disappearance of their daughter, after reportedly finding suspicious DNA in a car the family rented 25 days after reporting her disappearance. The Sunday Mirror quotes Kate McCann as saying Portuguese police are trying to get her to falsely confess that Madeleine died in an accident and that the parents panicked and disposed of the body. The McCanns deny any wrongdoing.