British Man Is Suspect in Kidnapping
Expat living in nearby villa was questioned, released
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted May 15, 2007 6:26 AM CDT
Kate McCann, the mother of missing girl Madeleine McCann, walks past a poster announcing a reward with a photo of Madeleine Monday, May 14 2007, in Praia da Luz, southern Portugal. The British 4-year-old...   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – Police searching for a four-year-old British girl missing on a family vacation in Portugal have named a 33-year-old British expat as a suspect. Robert Murat lives less than 150 metres from where Madeleine McCann vanished 12 days ago, the Guardian reports. Murat was questioned for more than 16 hours yesterday, and then released. 

Police searched the villa where he lives with his mother, and drained the pool. Murat's mother set up a seafront stall appealing for information about Madeleine's disappearance, saying she felt some people might not be comfortable giving tips to police. British business figures and celebrities have pledged over $5 million in reward money for the girl's return.