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Madeleine McCann: Claims that she lives with a German family


2007

May 3rd: Gerry and Kate McCann let their three children, including Maddie, sleep in their hotel apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal, while eating with friends in a nearby restaurant. When they come back, they find Maddie missing in her bed

May 4th: A friend of the McCanns reports that he saw a man who carried a child away at night. Meanwhile, airports and borders are put on alert as soon as the search begins

May 14: Robert Mural, a developer who lives only a few meters from the hotel, is suspected by the Portuguese police

30th May: The McCanns meet the Pope in Rome to draw global attention to the quest

August 11th: The Portuguese police confirm for the first time in the investigation that Maddie may be dead.

7th of September: The Spanish police force the official McCanns suspects to disappear. The family flies back to England two days later

2008

21 July: Spanish police remove McCanns and Mr. Mural as official suspects as the case is put on hold

2009

1st of May: A computer-generated image of what Maddie might look like two years after she disappeared is released by the McCanns

2011

12th of May: A review of the disappearance is initiated by Scotland Yard at the request of the then Home Secretary, Theresa May

2012

April 25th: After a year of reviewing the case, Scotland Yard announces that they believe Maddie may be alive and asks the Portuguese police to reopen the case, but it falls on deaf ears as "no new evidence" available ".

Kate and Gerry McCann celebrate the fourth anniversary of their daughter Madeleine's disappearance with the publication of the book her mother wrote in 2011

2013

July 4th: Scotland Yard opens new investigation and claims to have identified 38 "people of interest"

October 24th: The Portuguese police open a review of the investigation and discover new lines of investigation that force them to reopen the case

2014

January 29th: British officers arrive in Portugal for a detailed investigation. Several locations are searched throughout the year, including a scrubland near the resort

2015

28th of October: British police announce that the team investigating Maddie's disappearance has been reduced from 29 officers to just four after the investigation turns out to have cost £ 10m

2016

3rd of April: Operation Grange receives an additional £ 95,000 from Theresa May to keep the investigation alive for another six months

2017

March 11: Cash is used again to keep the investigation alive. £ 85,000 is granted to run until September before being extended again until April next year

2018

27th of March: The Home Office announces that it has provided additional funds for Operation Grange. The new fund is believed to be £ 150,000

September 11: Parents fear that the police will hunt after the daughter's disappearance and that the new interior minister could postpone her within three weeks due to funding cuts

September 26th: New hope in finding Madeleine McCann when it turns out the Home Office is considering spending more money on the police to find them.

2019

April: The controversial new Netflix documentary, which re-examines Maddie's kidnapping, is released, triggering a flood of online abuse against Kate and Gerry by heartless trolls. The couple, who refused to take part in the eight-hour series, hit her because she may be hindering her daughter's search during an active police hunt.

Can: A convicted German pedophile and serial killer appears as the main suspect. 48-year-old Martin Ney, who lives in prison for the kidnapping and killing of three children, is said to be very similar to a photo fit published in 2013 by a man who was suspicious in Praia da Luz when Madeleine was kidnapped.

June 5: The Ministry of the Interior provides the city police with sufficient funds to start further investigations.

June 22: Detectives say they are "closer than ever" to solving the disappearance when they investigate a new suspect. A joint effort by the British and Portuguese police was limited to a "foreign" man who was in the Algarve when she was missing in 2007.

December 7th: Paulo Pereira Cristovao, a longtime critic of Maddie's parents who upset her with a controversial book about the disappearance of the secret, has been convicted of involvement in planning two violent property break-ins in Lisbon and the nearby resort of Cascais. He has been detained for seven and a half years.

11th December: Maddie's parents revealed a touching list of what they miss most about their daughter when they spent their 13th Christmas without her. They say: "We love them, we miss them, we hope as always. The search for Madeleine continues with unwavering commitment. "

2020

February 22: The Scotland Yard detectives asked a British expat about their German ex-boyfriend. Carol Hickman, 59, claims the police entered their bar in Praia da Luz, Portugal, to ask questions about their former partner.

27th of March: Detectives asked for additional money to continue their investigation into the disappearance of the small child in Portugal in 2007. The funds for the operation should be used up by the end of the month.

3rd of June: Police announce that a 43-year-old German prisoner has been identified as a suspect of Madeleine's disappearance.