It was the evening of May 3, 2007, at a luxury resort in Praia da Luz, Portugal, when 3-year-old Madeleine McCann vanished from her parent’s apartment while on holiday with her family.
Around 8:30 p.m. that night, Madeleine’s parents, Gerry & Kate McCann, left their daughter and her twin siblings alone in a bedroom of their apartment, joining several friends at the resort’s tapas restaurant just a two-minute walk away.
Fearing their children could be trapped should a fire break-out, the McCann’s decided not to lock their doors. Instead, the parents opted to take turns checking on the sleeping children every 30 minutes.
Around 10 p.m. that night, Madeleine’s mother went to check the apartment and found a shutter ajar and the bedroom window wide open.
The 3-year-old girl was just nine days shy of her 4th birthday when she vanished without a trace.
In 2007, Gerry and Kate McCann were named suspects in their daughter’s disappearance, but were cleared of any wrongdoing the following year.
While massive searches for the little girl have turned up few clues, Scotland Yard Detectives announced on July 4 they believe the little girl could still be alive, according to a report from People.com.
Six years later, where could Madeleine McCann be?