Sunday May 13

• It emerges London lawyers from the International Family Law Group have flown out to Portugal to assist Gerry and Kate McCann, and are setting up a special “fighting fund” to allow members of the public to make their own financial contribution to the search.

Saturday May 12

• Madeleine turns four. Residents in Rothley were considering baking a cake and holding a party to mark the milestone – but relatives say they would only want the celebration to take place when she returns and the birthday is postponed. • Her parents mark the day by calling for people to redouble their efforts […]

Friday May 11

• Madeleine’s father vows his family will leave “no stone unturned” in the search for her. On the eve of Madeleine’s fourth birthday, Mr McCann says he and his wife were grateful for the worldwide support. • Three British people are believed to have been taken in by police for questioning. It is believed they […]

Thursday May 10

• Kate McCann leads villagers and holidaymakers in prayer at the local church in Praia Da Luz a week after Madeleine disappeared. • Crimestoppers says it has passed on four pieces of “very useful” information from hundreds of calls made to the special number set up by the charity. • Reports say police are investigating […]

Wednesday May 9

• Gerry and Kate McCann say in a short statement they continue to “remain positive” and thank all those taking part in the search. • Police examine a CCTV tape from a service station just a few miles from Praia da Luz showing a woman with a girl fitting Madeleine’s description. • An internet appeal […]

Tuesday May 8

• People in Madeleine’s home village of Rothley, Leicestershire, hold a silent vigil for the family. • Portuguese reports claim detectives are investigating British paedophiles with links to the Algarve. • Football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo makes his own appeal for help in tracing the missing three-year-old, and is later followed by fellow footballers John Terry […]

Monday May 7

• Police begin investigating a claim a man was seen dragging a girl towards a marina a short drive from the Portuguese resort where she went missing. • Portuguese media later report that police think the abductor may have been British but this remains unconfirmed by officers involved in the investigation. • Mrs McCann makes […]

Sunday May 6

• The McCanns attend an emotional Mother’s Day service in Praia Da Luz and prayers are said for Madeleine and her family in both Portuguese and English. • Mrs McCann then breaks down with emotion as she addresses reporters to express her gratitude for the local community’s support. • Questions arise about the police’s sketch […]

Saturday May 5

• Three Family Liaison Officers (FLO) from Leicestershire Police arrive in Portugal to support the family. • Madeleine’s aunt Philomena McCann criticises the Portuguese police, claiming they had played down her disappearance and were being “uncommunicative”. • Detectives reveal they do now believe she was abducted but is still alive and in Portugal, and say […]

Friday May 4

• Sniffer dogs are brought in, the Spanish and border police and airports are notified and volunteer teams continue to comb the village, resort and beach for clues. • Fears grow that Madeleine has been taken against her will and her parents accuse the Portuguese police of not doing enough to find her. • The […]

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