Madeleine McCann: Questioning in Disappearance to Start in Portugal

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Madeleine McCann was abducted from a vacation villa in Praia da Luz, Portugal seven years ago, when she was just three years old. Portuguese police, while observed by their British counterparts, will soon begin questioning 11 people to see what--if anything--they can share about the little girl's disappearance. She went missing while her parents were dining at a tapas bar nearby.

Portuguese police closed their initial investigation back in 2008 after 14 months. At one point they implicated Madeleine McCann's parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, in her abduction. They have long since been cleared.

After two years studying the case, Britain officially opened its own investigative review of evidence in the Madeleine McCann case in July of last year. Portuguese authorities reopened their case shortly afterwards.

Among those being questioned will be British expat Robert Murat. He was first questioned when the toddler was reported missing by her parents, according to reports. Employees of the holiday complex at the time Madeleine McCann disappeared on back on May 3, 2007 are also among those who will be questioned.

A source close to the investigation says four women and seven men will be questioned. BBC correspondent Christian Fraser said the authorities would be looking for “inconsistencies” with any answers given seven years ago.

Do you think there is any chance, now seven years after Madeleine McCann went missing, that investigators will discover what really happened to the little girl? For the sake of her parents, who have long been haunted by their daughter's abduction, one can only pray they find some answers.

Kimberly Ripley

Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and ‘Nana’ to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.