Old Wives' Tales
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Claim: A four-year-old British girl named Madeleine McCann is missing from a Portuguese vacation resort.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, May 2007]
Origins: Madeleine McCann, a four-year-old British girl, disappeared from a Portuguese vacation resort on
Kate [McCann] and her husband Gerry, a consultant cardiologist, have told family and friends they suspect their daughter was snatched while herA number of prominent business figures and celebrities, including Richard Branson,
Madeleine, who was born by IVF treatment, disappeared from the family's ground-floor holiday apartment at the 'family friendly' Mark Warner holiday complex in the Praia da Luz resort as her parents ate at a tapas restaurant close by.
The child's aunt, Trish Cameron, yesterday described the frantic telephone call she received after the couple discovered their daughter was missing around ten o'clock on Thursday night.
"It was my young brother Gerry distraught on the phone, breaking his heart. He said: 'Madeleine's been abducted, she's been abducted'.
"They kept going back to check the kids every half hour. The restaurant was only
Kate then went over to the two-bedroom ground-floor apartment and 'came out screaming', said
In September 2007, Portuguese police began requestioning Madeleine's parents, leading to speculation that the parents themselves are suspected of having been involved in her disappearance.
Additional information about the case is available on the Internet at findmadeleine.com.
Last updated: 7 September 2007
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