They found a suspect now...
Celebrities have now pledged over 5 mil in reward money for her... I still think the most INSANE part of the whole thing is that the parents went out to eat and left a 4 year old to watch two 2 year olds for an hour or so...
from what i hear it's not uncommon in europe and it's a cultural thing... but i still think it's ridiculous, i'm not saying they deserve this, nobody does... i'm just less sypathetic... I feel bad for them... but how can you leave kids that young unattended for that long... I don't even let my 3 year old niece out of the same room as me when i'm watching her...
Report: Suspect in Missing Girl Hunt
By BARRY HATTON
The Associated Press
Tuesday, May 15, 2007; 12:44 PM
LISBON, Portugal -- Police searching for a 4-year-old girl who disappeared during a vacation in southern Portugal have questioned a British suspect and placed him under formal investigation, a news report said Tuesday.
Portugal's national news agency, Lusa, quoted unnamed police sources as saying the 32-year-old Briton, who reportedly lives near the hotel where Madeleine McCann disappeared, was one of three people questioned late Monday.
TV trucks are seen parked in front of the McCann family resort apartment block, background left, Tuesday, May 15 2007, in Praia da Luz, southern Portugal. British 4-year-old Madeleine McCann disappeared May 3 from the resort apartment where she was on vacation with her family and 12 days later the media remains camped outside it. The police believe Madeleine was abducted. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)
TV trucks are seen parked in front of the McCann family resort apartment block, background left, Tuesday, May 15 2007, in Praia da Luz, southern Portugal. British 4-year-old Madeleine McCann disappeared May 3 from the resort apartment where she was on vacation with her family and 12 days later the media remains camped outside it. The police believe Madeleine was abducted.
Detectives and forensic experts searched his villa for most of Monday, taking away computers and cellular phones, Lusa said. Portuguese media said police drained the villa's pool.
The villa is about 100 meters (yards) from the hotel where Madeleine, from central England, was apparently abducted while vacationing with her parents.
Police officials at national headquarters would not confirm the report nor name anyone under investigation, citing privacy laws.
Under Portuguese law, opening a formal investigation is a first step toward possibly bringing formal charges. The legal measure is designed to safeguard a citizen's constitutional rights. It grants suspects access to potential evidence and allows them to mount a legal defense.
The girl vanished May 3 after her parents left her, and her brother and sister, both aged 2, alone while they went to a nearby restaurant within their hotel complex in Portugal's Algarve region, a popular European tourist destination.
Portuguese media said the suspect had mingled with journalists outside the hotel in the days following the girl's disappearance and offered to act as an interpreter. He reportedly has a Portuguese father and a British mother and speaks English and Portuguese fluently.
A British journalist told Sky News she had told local police the man was behaving suspiciously and had encouraged them to follow leads suggesting the girl had been kidnapped and taken to Spain.
Last week, police called off their ground search for Madeleine, saying they had checked 77 square-mile area twice and found nothing.
Her parents are still at the hotel.
British media have said that promised contributions to a reward fund total some $5.1 million, including reported donations from Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, tycoon Sir Richard Branson and "American Idol" judge Simon Cowell. Also, celebrities including soccer star David Beckham have made public appeals for help in finding Madeleine.
Earlier this week, Gerry McCann said he and his wife Kate had taken strength from the "spiritual outpouring" around the world. They have received messages of support from numerous countries, he said.
Asked how long they would stay in Portugal, Kate McCann said, "I can't even consider going home at the moment, absolutely can't even let it enter my head."