On 3rd May 2007, Madeleine McCann disappeared from a holiday apartment in the Algarve village of Praia da Luz, Portugal, while her parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, were dining with friends at a nearby tapas restaurant. It was nine days before her fourth birthday and although her parents mounted a high profile campaign, she has never been found.

On 3 May 2007, three-year-old Madeleine went missing from her family's rented holiday apartment in the Algarve village of Praia da Luz, where she had been sleeping with her younger twin siblings.

Her parents, Gerry and Kate, were eating their dinner less than a minute's walk away with seven friends. They had been making regular trips back to the apartment from the tapas restaurant to check on their children.

One of the friends with whom they were dining later said she had seen a man walking quickly across the road in front of her, going away from the apartment block and heading to the outer road of the resort complex. She said he was carrying a sleeping girl in pink pyjamas, who was hanging in his arms.