Madeleine McCann mysteriously disappeared from Apartment 5A inside the Ocean Beach resort of Praia da Luz, Portugal. On May 3, 2007, Kate and Gerry McCann were enjoying dinner at a tapas restaurant with friends, just metres away, as their daughter slept. However, during a routine check at 10pm, Kate McCann discovered the unthinkable, when she found the youngster’s room empty.
Kate and Gerry have always held the opinion that Madeleine was taken by a local criminal, a theory supported by Jim Gamble – a senior child protection officer who believes Madeleine is still alive.
He said last month: “I absolutely believe that, in my lifetime, we will find out what has happened to Madeleine McCann.
“There’s huge hope to be had with the advances in technology. Year on year DNA is getting better.
“Year on year other techniques, including facial recognition, are getting better.
Kate McCann recalled the memores in her book
The McCanns were staying in Apartment 5A
The ground-floor location, access to roads front and side, secluded entrance and partial tree cover made out apartment a prime target for burglars and criminals
“As we use that technology to revisit and review that which we captured in the past, there’s every likelihood that something we already know will slip into position.”
During her book “Madeleine: Our Daughter’s Disappearance and the Continuing Search for Her”, Kate noted how pleased the family were with their apartment on arrival.
Recalling how the family went away with married couple David and Fiona Payne and Mrs Payne’s mother Diana Webster, she wrote in 2011: “Our apartments were in a five-storey block accessed from the front by a road – Rua Dr Agostinho da Silva.
“There was a car park outside and a veranda overlooked a garden, pool area and tennis court.
“All of us except David, Fiona and Diana had ground-floor flats.
“Ours, 5A, was on the corner of the block.
“Though I envied David and Fiona with their sea view, being on the ground floor meant we didn’t have to worry about the children’s safety on a balcony.”
However, Kate soon learned that these benefits may have also played into a burglar’s hands.
She added: “Later, we were told by the British police that the ground-floor location, access to roads front and side, secluded entrance and partial tree cover made our apartment a prime target for burglars and criminals.
“Never once did this occur to us when we arrived.
The holdiay destination of Praia da Luz
There have been a number of suspects over the years
The heartbreaking final moments Kate spent with her daughter were also detailed in the book.
She recalled: “I took them all into their bedroom and Madeleine got into her bed and I settled on top of it with our backs against the wall for our final story.
‘If you’re happy and you know it!’ was a present from her great-auntie Janet and great-uncle Brian.
“[The story goes] If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands – says the monkey, stamp your feet – says the elephant.
“It seemed so fitting at the time.
Kate and Gerry Mccann believe their daughter was taken
Madeleine McCann became a heavily reported case
“Madeleine was obviously exhausted and her head sank down on her pillow intermittently, although she did join in with the babbled responses of her little brother and sister.
“It’s strange the thing you remember.”
Kate detailed how these memories make her smile with pride.
She added: “Two pages at the end of the book are divided up into squares, most of them containing the animals from the book.
“Madeleine started to count these and she included a couple of the blank squares and I was about to point this out to her when I checked myself.
“But what did it matter anyway? I felt a surge of pride in her.
“A boring and redundant detail, you may think, but now any memory of my baby is to be treasured and especially one of the last I have to cling on to.”
Earlier this month, controversial Netflix series “The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann” was released in a bid to learn more about the 12-year case.
However, Kate and Gerry do not see how it will help bring their daughter home.
Madeleine was just three years old
Kate and Gerry McCann have not supported the documentary
A statement on behalf of the couple argues that the show could actually hinder police investigations.
It reads: “We did not see – and still do not see – how this programme will help the search for Madeleine and, particularly given there is an active police investigation, it could potentially hinder it.
“Consequently, our views and preferences are not reflected in the programme.
“We will not be making any further statements or giving interviews regarding this programme.”