Madeleine McCann Disappeared Without a Trace 10 Years Ago and the Cold Search for the Truth Continues

Madeleine McCann Disappeared Without a Trace 10 Years Ago and the Cold Search for the Truth Continues
Ten years ago, Kate and Gerry McCann suffered every parent's worst nightmare when their 3-year-old daughter, Madeleine McCann, went missing. And for the McCanns there has been no waking up, no reprieve from the horror that is living every day not knowing what happened to her. "Ten years—there's no easy way to say it, describe it, accept it. I remember when Madeleine first disappeared, I couldn't even begin to consider anything in terms of years," the McCanns said in a statement on the 10-year anniversary of her disappearance earlier this year. "Now here we are...Madeleine, our Madeleine—10 years. Most days are similar to the rest—another day. May 3, 2017, another day. But...
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A Decade Later, Madeleine McCann's Disappearance Is Still Very Much a Mystery

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Netflix recently announced that it would be developing a true-crime documentary series about the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. Over a decade ago - on May 3, 2007 - the 3-year-old girl suddenly disappeared from the apartment her family was staying in while on vacation in Praia da Luz, Portugal. The tragic incident received global attention. Though several leads and theories emerged, the case remains unsolved. Netflix will likely present new findings and revealing interviews with its documentary series, but if you're not familiar with the story at all, here's an overview of the facts you need to know. RelatedThe Details of JonBenét Ramsey's Death Are Just as Chilling as They Were in 1996 The Trip On April 28, 2007, Kate and Gerry McCann left the UK with their daughter Madeleine and 2-year-old twins. In Praia da Luz, the family was staying at a ground-floor apartment located in a large resort they found through a travel agency.
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Madeleine McCann's Parents Give Heart-Wrenching Interview on the 10th Anniversary of Her Disappearance: ''There Is Still Hope''

On May 3, 2007, 3-year-old Madeleine McCann went missing from her bed in an apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal. Despite today marking the 10th anniversary of her disappearance, her parents Kate and Gerry McCann, have not stopped looking for her. The mother and father—who are from Rothley in Leicestershire—sat down for an emotional interview with BBC and Fiona Bruce this week to honor their daughter and remind the public that their search continues. "Every day is another day without Madeleine. I think it's just that numbers, it's that 10-year mark that is just another reminder of how much time has gone by," Kate said. Gerry added, "The...
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Madeleine McCann’s Parents Still Have ‘Hope’ and Buy Daughter Birthday Presents 10 Years After Her Disappearance

Madeleine McCann‘s parents are speaking out in the wake of news that authorities are investigating a “significant line of inquiry” in the decade-old case.

Kate and Gerry McCann – whose 3-year-old daughter vanished from her family’s rented ground-floor apartment in Portugal on May 3, 2007 – tell British journalist Fiona Bruce in a new interview that they “still hope” Madeleine will be found, according to the U.K.’s Press Association.

“There is progress and there are some very credible lines of inquiry that the police are working on and whilst there’s no evidence to give us any negative news, you know,
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'The Sun' apologises for 'X Factor' Madeleine McCann tweet

The Sun has apologised for an insensitive tweet during The X Factor making light of Madeleine McCann's disappearance.

The newspaper's showbiz account made a poorly-judged joke about the missing child during Tamera Foster's performance of 'Beneath Your Beautiful' by Labrinth and Emeli Sandé on Saturday (October 19).

Referring to reports at the weekend that Foster had been being caught shoplifting from Boots, @TheSun_Showbiz wrote: "Forget make up, the only way Tamera's gonna lose this is if she admits to stealing Maddie #XFactor."

The tweet was swiftly deleted, but not before several users condemned The Sun, which had featured a 12-page pull-out on the investigation to find Madeleine in that day's paper.

A later message from the same account read:

We would like to say sorry for a tweet that was sent out earlier. It was an inappropriate attempt to make a joke, and we got it wrong.

— The Sun
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Sun apologises over 'inappropriate' Madeleine McCann X Factor joke

Paper's editor writes to parents of missing girl after tweet from its official Twitter account about contestant Tamera Foster

The Sun has apologised to Kate and Gerry McCann over a tweet by one of its official Twitter accounts that made a joke referring to the disappearance of the couple's daughter, Madeleine.

During Saturday night's The X Factor live show the Sun Showbiz Twitter account tweeted about hotly-tipped contestant Tamera Foster, relating to press coverage that she was recently caught shoplifting.

"Forget make up, the only way Tamera's gonna lose this is if she admits to stealing Maddie," the tabloid tweeted via @TheSun_Showbiz to almost 30,000 followers.

The tweet immediately provoked a furious backlash that resulted in the publisher deleting the message and eventually issuing an apology.

"We would like to say sorry for a tweet that was sent out earlier," the publisher tweeted via @TheSun_Showbiz at 10.18pm, almost 15 minutes
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British Police to Release Photo of Suspect in Madeleine McCann Disappearance

Police investigating the 2007 disappearance of British toddler Madeleine McCann plan to issue an image of a possible suspect. The computer-generated photo (called an efit) is a part of an active investigation attempting to identify a man seen near the resort hotel in Praia da Luz, Portugal, where the child was last seen while vacationing with her family the the Guardian reported Wednesday. With the release of the new photo, Crimewatch on the BBC plan to broadcast a new appeal for witnesses on Monday. Similar appeals are set to go out in areas other tourists vacationing in Portugal at the time of Madeleine's disappearance may live,
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Madeleine McCann: Missing 6 Years, Scotland Yard Opens New Probe

After a two-year review, Scotland Yard says it will reopen and fully fund a new investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, the British girl who vanished from her family's vacation apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal, in 2007. That review comes after the intervention of British Prime Minister David Cameron, whose spokeswoman on Monday reiterated renewed support for the once-widely reported case, according to Britain's Sky News. "The Home Office remains committed to supporting the search for Madeleine McCann," says the rep. Portuguese authorities were criticized in the initial investigation and ended their own review of the case in July
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Leveson battle rages as newspapers mount new attacks on 'press law'

The campaign against any form of statutory involvement in press regulation continued in this morning's national newspapers. The anti-Leveson chorus can be seen in news stories, commentaries and leading articles.

The central target is the Hacked Off campaign, though there is plenty of pressure applied to the Labour party too in order to head off the possibility of legislation.

In The Sun, for example, a page lead headlined "Hacked off hijack" reports that many of the signatures on the public petition launched by the Hacked Off campaign are fake, including Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse, Superman and Joe Bloggs.

(It would be scandalous to suggest that Sun reporters have been busy pretending to be Mickey M, so please put that thought out of your mind).

Two pages further on, the paper's associate editor, Trevor Kavanagh, warns hacking victims that they risk looking like avengers by pushing for the full implementation of Leveson's proposals.
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Leveson inquiry: yes, let's be honest, we do have two presses

In a hastily arranged ad hoc contribution to the Leveson seminar on 6 October I said that we had two presses in Britain. I received some criticism for this, but it was hardly a radical viewpoint.

I have said the same on many occasions over the past 20 years. And plenty of other people have said it too, including Hugh Grant, who told the Leveson inquiry:

"What I see in this country are two presses. One which does exactly what a good press should – informing the public, holding a mirror up to society, holding power to account.

And then, hiding under the same umbrella, a second press that has been allowed to become something toxic – a press that has enfeebled and disgraced our democracy; bribing police, emasculating parliament and enjoying the competitive sycophancy of five successive governments".

We have a serious press that operates, broadly, in the public interest. We have a
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Leveson inquiry: embarrassed tabloids pass the buck in their coverage

Tabloids are unused to practising self-criticism so their coverage of the Leveson inquiry hearings has resulted in fascinating buck-passing exercises. Every other paper dunnit except us, your honour.

The reports have been given proportionately little space or promotion, and there were obvious sins of omission.

Just as pertinently, in the face of evidence about collective misconduct, each title has found a way of damning rivals while conveniently overlooking most of the accusations specifically levelled at their own misbehaviour.

For example, the Daily Mail managed to carry an item about Max Mosley without mentioning his widely reported contention that its editor, Paul Dacre, was obsessed with schoolboy smut.

It did find room, however, for a piece attributing sinister implications to a gathering of Leveson witnesses at a Soho club where, allegedly, they ate and drank "into the night." Gosh.

The Mail, in its report on the evidence presented by Kate and Gerry McCann,
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Leveson inquiry: media victims give their side of the story

Despite the celebrities, it was the testimony of ordinary people that proved most compelling and disturbing

Hugh Grant, as someone noted rather astutely this week, hasn't been in anything this good for ages. Lord Justice Leveson's inquiry into standards in the British media may have been formally sitting since earlier this month, but it was not until this week that the plot of this procedural legal drama twisted, suddenly, into an unmissable blockbuster, played out in as much Technicolor as the crowded confines of court 73 at the royal courts of justice would allow.

It had its moments of drama and at times almost of farce, but this was, in truth, a horror story, dipping into moments of such cruel and terrifying menace that, had the script been pitched to a Hollywood executive, it would have been returned as scarcely plausible.

After he had spent months touring the TV studios, not
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Huge Celebrities Set To Testify Against Murdoch Tabloids

Huge Celebrities Set To Testify Against Murdoch Tabloids
London -- They've been hacked and libeled, stalked and slandered. Now the public figures whose personal lives have long offered grist for Britain's news mill have been given a rare chance to confront their tabloid tormentors.

Film star Hugh Grant, "Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling, and the father of missing girl Madeleine McCann are among those due to testify over the next week at the U.K. inquiry into media ethics – a judicial body that could recommend sweeping changes to the way Britons get their news.

The nationally televised inquiry would give many of those in the public eye an unprecedented chance to challenge those who write about them, said Cary Cooper, a professor at northern England's Lancaster University and the author of "Public Faces, Private Lives."

"This is the first time the celebrities have been able to strike back," Cooper said. "I think it will have an impact, and
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Video: Piers Morgan's McCanns exclusive to air tonight

Video: Piers Morgan's McCanns exclusive to air tonight
Piers Morgan has spoken to Kate and Gerry McCann about the night their daughter Madeleine went missing in Portugal. In an exclusive interview with Morgan on the day of Madeleine's 8th birthday, Kate spoke openly about the moment she realised her daughter was not in her bedroom. "Well, I went back to do a check at 10:00 and I went through the patio doors at the back. And I listened for a minute in the living room," she explained. "And it was all quiet. I just noticed that the door to the children's bedroom was quite far open. And we always leave it just so it's slightly ajar, just to let a little bit of light in. "And I thought to myself, did Matt leave the door open at half-nine? Matt checked on the half nine. And I thought, that must be what happened. So I went to close over the children's door.
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McCanns to make GMTV appearance

McCanns to make GMTV appearance
The parents of missing child Madeleine McCann have agreed to make an appearance on GMTV next week, according to a report. Kate and Gerry McCann will pre-record an interview with Lorraine Kelly on Tuesday which will be seen on the presenter's GMTV With Lorraine slot the next day, The Mirror claims. It is thought that this is the only TV chat that the couple will give before (more)
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Gossip journalism gives us all the sauce – but still, none of it's sourced | Peter Preston

If you thought Fleet Street had learnt its lesson about tittle-tattle following the McCann debacle, think again

The debacle of the Kate and Gerry McCann coverage developed because UK reporters arrived in Portugal and reprocessed stuff from Portuguese papers as though it was established truth – not cops, tipsters and freelances gabbing away in some local bar. Because the story was out there, far from night lawyers and the harsh legal disciplines of Fleet Street, they relaxed and resolved that anything went.

A hard, expensive lesson, well learnt? Let's ask President Sarkozy and Carla Bruni, double-banked for matching dalliances on Twitter without a proper attribution in sight. Or Kate Winslet and Sam Mendes, who apparently broke up months ago so quietly that none of the "friends, sources or insiders" who prattled away across endless pages last week noticed at the time. Or Sandra Bullock, suddenly struck by the new "Oscars curse
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McCanns fly to Us for Oprah interview

Kate and Gerry McCann have arrived in America ahead of an appearance on the Oprah Winfrey Show. The parents of missing child Madeleine, who disappeared in Praia De Luz, Portugal in May 2007, are expected to make a fresh appeal for information about their daughter. The couple will first visit the National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children in Alexandria, Virgina before travelling to Chicago to meet the chatshow host. Family spokesman Clarence Mitchell (more)
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Madeleine McCann's Parents Head to U.S. for Oprah Special

Two years after little Madeleine McCann disappeared, her parents are stepping up their campaign to ensure that she is not forgotten. Gerry and Kate McCan, who were once treated as suspects in the case, headed to the U.S. Wednesday as they prepared to appear on a special Oprah Winfrey Show airing May 4 - a day after the two-year anniversary of Madeleine's disappearance.As they stepped onto the plane, news emerged in one British newspaper that a new suspect is being checked into. The Sun reports that the family's investigators have come across some new evidence as they combed the official police files.
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