Gerry McCann

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Portugal Police to McCanns: We're Sorry

Law enforcement delegation offers apology to parents of missing toddler over handling of case

(Newser) - Madeleine McCann vanished in 2007 from a Portuguese holiday home while vacationing with her family, and now, more than 16 years later, police there have extended an apology to her parents for the way they handled the investigation at the time. The BBC reports that a senior law enforcement...

Woman Who Abused McCanns Online Found Dead

She was confronted by reporter over Twitter messages

(Newser) - A woman accused of taking part in an online hate campaign against the parents of missing girl Madeleine McCann has been found dead days after she was confronted by a reporter. Brenda Leyland, a 63-year-old described by the Daily Mail as a "church-going mother," was found in a...

Cops Digging Up Resort Where McCann Girl Vanished
Cops Digging Up Resort Where McCann Girl Vanished
sources say

Cops Digging Up Resort Where McCann Girl Vanished

Sources say 3 sites will be excavated

(Newser) - Almost exactly seven years since Madeleine McCann disappeared, Scotland Yard detectives are headed to the Portugal resort where she vanished on vacation with her family—to dig it up. Excavations are planned at three sites near the Praia da Luz resort, sources tell the Daily Mirror , and forensics experts will...

New Name Surfaces in Madeleine McCann Case

2 witnesses identify same person after image release

(Newser) - After airing computer-generated images of a possible figure in the Madeleine McCann case on a BBC show last night, London police have fielded more than 700 calls and 200 emails regarding the missing British girl, they say in a statement . What's more, two witnesses offered the same name after...

Cops Track New Maddy Clue
 Cops Track New Maddy Clue 

Cops Track New Maddy Clue

Woman says she saw identical girl at Spanish campsite days after disappearance

(Newser) - On the heels of its announcement that Madeleine McCann could still be alive , Scotland Yard is following up on a report that a child matching her description was spotted by a tourist at a Spanish campsite a few days after her 2007 disappearance. Accompanied by a German couple and two...

New Maddy Video Released
 New Maddy Video Released 

New Maddy Video Released

'Still missing, still missed, still looking!'

(Newser) - In a desperate bid to keep the hunt for their missing daughter alive, Madeline McCann's parents have released new photos and a video of the toddler who vanished on a family vacation three years ago. "Madeleine. Still missing, still missed, still looking!" says a message on the McCann's...

McCanns Hid Maddy's Death, Cop Tells Court

Dogs found scent of corpse, according to libel case defense

(Newser) - The parents of missing British toddler Madeleine McCann covered up her accidental death during a Portugal vacation then faked a kidnapping story, a detective testified in a Lisbon court yesterday. The testimony was presented in response to a libel suit brought by Maddy's parents seeking damages for a best-selling book...

Video Appeal Renews Maddy Search

Message accompanies interviews by Kate McCann

(Newser) - A video designed to go viral is an appeal to the friends and associates of Madeleine McCann's kidnapper, saying, "It is never too late to do the right thing." The video, released tonight, includes images of what Maddy—who was 3 when she went missing in 2007—might...

Maddy Suspect Asked About Her 'New Daughter'

Calls flood in after request for tips about Australian woman

(Newser) - Private investigators working for Madeleine McCann's parents have received “hundreds of calls” from people with information about a woman who may be involved in the child’s disappearance, the Telegraph reports. A witness said the woman, described as a Victoria Beckham lookalike with an Australian accent, was pacing and...

Hunt for Maddy Shifts to Australia

(Newser) - The search for Madeleine McCann has moved to Australia, two British tabloids and the Australian report. Private detectives working for the missing toddler's parents turned up a woman with an Australian accent who was spotted in Barcelona 3 days after Maddy went missing in Portugal in May 2007.

Pedophile Says He Saw Maddy Before She Vanished

Dying suspect demands he be paid thousands to talk to private investigators

(Newser) - A British pedophile has changed his story and now says he saw Madeleine McCann twice before she disappeared in Portugal two years ago, Bild reports. Raymond Hewlett, who is recovering from throat cancer surgery in Germany and may have just weeks to live, previously insisted he was miles away. Investigators...

Private Maddy Probe Yields Sketch of Suspect

Man watched family for days: witnesses

(Newser) - Madeleine McCann's parents say they hope a new artist's sketch of a pockmarked, frail man seen lurking around their Portugal apartment before the child disappeared will yield fresh clues. Detectives the couple hired interviewed witnesses and combed police files to produce the image, People reports. Gerry and Kate McCann will...

Maddy's Parents Release Video in New Plea

Spunky toddler cuts up with baby brothers in heartbreaking new footage

(Newser) - The parents of missing toddler Maddy McCann have released heartbreaking new footage of their daughter in a new plea to the public to help in the search for her, reports the Independent. The scenes reveal a fun-loving, spunky kid playing with her siblings, showing off new pink shoes and donning...

Portugal Cops End Maddy Investigation

Officials cite lack of evidence in case of child missing since '07

(Newser) - After 14 months, Portuguese police officially ended their investigation into the 2007 disappearance of 3-year old British girl Madeleine McCann, the BBC reports. A lack of evidence has brought the case—which began after Madeleine disappeared from a vacation apartment—to a standstill, Portugal's attorney general said. Madeleine's mother and...

Maddy 'Suspect' Wins Libel Damages
Maddy 'Suspect' Wins
Libel Damages

Maddy 'Suspect' Wins Libel Damages

Brit lived near resort where toddler went missing

(Newser) - A man named by police as a suspect in the disappearance of British toddler Madeleine McCann will collect $1 million in libel damages from a number of British newspapers in a deal expected to be announced today. Brit Robert Murat, 34, lived near the Portuguese resort where Maddy disappeared during...

Portugal Cops Will Close Maddy Case

Police cite lack of evidence; McCanns will continue search

(Newser) - Police in Portugal plan to end their investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann in the next two weeks because of a lack of evidence, the AP reports. The parents of the British girl, who went missing while on a family vacation last May, will continue their own search, said...

Maddy Missing One Year Today
 Maddy Missing One Year Today 

Maddy Missing One Year Today

Services in UK, Portugal mark anniversary of girl's disappearance

(Newser) - On the first anniversary of 3-year-old Madeleine McCann’s disappearance in Portugal, her parents attended a UK church service in her honor, and similar ceremonies were planned elsewhere in Britain and Portugal. Supporters of the McCann family will light candles tonight in Madeleine’s honor, while the girl’s favorite...

McCanns: Leaving Maddy 'Last-Minute' Decision

Parents tell of anguish as anniversary nears

(Newser) - Almost a year after their daughter's disappearance, Madeleine McCann's parents spoke of the "last-minute decision" that now torments them to leave Maddy alone in their vacation hotel room while they left for dinner. “It was cold," Kate McCann said of the night Maddy vanished. "I knew...

Maddy's Parents Weigh Book Deal
Maddy's Parents Weigh Book Deal

Maddy's Parents Weigh Book Deal

Spokesman calls project chance to tell 'their side of the story'

(Newser) - Madeleine McCann's parents are considering telling the story of their daughter's disappearance in a book, with proceeds to go toward the Find Madeleine campaign, the Guardian reports. "It's a legitimate way of raising money for the fund, but would also give them a chance to put across their side...

Maddy 'Suspect' Sues UK Media
 Maddy 'Suspect' Sues UK Media 

Maddy 'Suspect' Sues UK Media

Record libel suit rocks major outlets

(Newser) - A former suspect in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann is suing 12 British news organizations for libel. It's the largest number of claims ever against British media concerning a single issue, reports the Guardian. Robert Murat lived near the Portuguese vacation apartment where the McCanns were staying when the 3-year-old...

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