British girl Madeleine McCann, who vanished during a 2007 family vacation in Portugal, may still be alive, Londonâ€™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 LuzÂ 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 rivetedÂ 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:
- Madeleineâ€™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.
George Wright, a fugitive for more than 41 years, was arrested Monday by Portuguese authorities, pursuant to a provisional arrest request from the United States, the FBI, U.S. Marshals Service and New Jersey Department of Corrections announced Tuesday.
The United States is seeking his extradition from Portugal to serve the remainder of a 15- to 30-year sentence for a New Jersey state murder conviction.FULL STORY
Pedro Passos Coelho, a businessman and opposition leader, is set to succeed Jose Socrates as Portugal's prime minister after his party scored a convincing victory in Sunday's election.
According to official results posted online that accounted for more than 99% of all ballots, Coelho's Social Democratic Party had just under 39% of the vote. Socrates' Socialist Party was running a distant second at 28%, while the Popular Party had nearly 12% of the overall vote.
In his victory speech, Coelho announced the Social Democrats, which won 105 parliamentary seats, would form a coalition government with the Popular Party, which won 24 seats. He also promised to tackle Portugal's burgeoning financial crisis, including taking steps to meet European Union requirements for deficit reduction and revenue hikes in order to receive bailout funds.
"This is a night for Portugal to celebrate this change," he said. "We have our work cut out, but we aren't afraid of working."FULL STORY
Legal action -Â Friday will be a busy day for court proceedings.
AÂ jury will begin deliberations in the DUI manslaughter trial of former major-league baseball player Jim Leyritz in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
A former Georgia sheriff's deputy convicted of two murders will be sentenced.Â A jury this month found Derrick Yancey guilty of murdering his wife and a day laborer. Yancey was arrested last year in Belize, where he had fled after escaping house arrest.
Also in Georgia, Senior U.S. District Judge Jack Camp Jr., charged with purchasing illegal drugs and passing them on to a stripper, is expected to plead guilty Friday in federal court in Atlanta. Camp, 67, is accused of buying cocaine, marijuana and prescription painkillers and giving them to an exotic dancer he met last spring.