May 4, 2009

2 yr anniv of McCann disappearance; what she'd look like now

Posted: 08:32 AM ET

The parents of missing English toddler Madeleine McCann on Friday unveiled a digitally enhanced picture showing what she might look like today if she is still alive.Madeleine was 3 years old when she disappeared during a family vacation in Praia da Luz, Portugal, on May 4, 2007. Portuguese police closed the case last July without a resolution.

The picture, which her parents revealed in an interview on the "Oprah Winfrey Show" airing Monday, is a school-style photo showing Madeleine at 6 years old, with a pink headband and shoulder-length hair.

An expert at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children created the image using photographs of Madeleine's parents, a spokesman for the center told

Kate and Gerry McCann also discussed how they're coping with the disappearance of their daughter.


Filed under: Crime • International

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Dave of Detroit   May 4th, 2009 8:46 am ET

This little girl was left alone, asleep, in her hotel room while her parents went out dining and dancing. She is an example of the use of medication to make life easy for her parents that were doctors and more commonly than not, a method used by many people to avoid parental responsibility-just give the kid a little medication and we can have a great time. I have no idea if she was abducted or overdosed by accident but I do know that the parents should have been charged with child endangerment and parental neglect and were not. I will never forget the rage on the face of a huge fireman that brought a badly burned baby into the Emergency that was left alone in an apartment while Mom was out getting drunk and a fire broke out!!!

Dodie ~ Irvine California   May 4th, 2009 1:14 pm ET

The Portuguese government reported their police questioned Kate and Gerry McCann (the parents of Madeline McCann) on 10 May 2007 about why the three children were left alone in an apartment, with the patio doors unlocked, while they dined at the restaurant the date Madeleine McCann disappeared. In an interview with the BBC on 25 May 2007, the McCanns acknowledged the criticism, and spoke of the guilt they felt
I agree with Dave of Detroit. In California, this would be considered ‘child abuse’ and all the children would have been removed from the parent’s custody. As much as I hate to say this, the look of this child is in high demand and can be sold for a lot of money. I have no pity for the parents, but my heart goes out to this child. So very sad!

Paul   May 4th, 2009 8:00 pm ET

I'm so grateful that in the time since this child disappeared, due to her parents negligence, no children (save for a few blonde white girls) have to come to harm in the United States.

It's a miracle that no boys are ever abducted at all. It's equally miraculous that no Hispanic or black girls - or girls of any racial minority - are ever kidnapped, killed or preyed upon in any way.

God bless the poor little blonde haired white girls...and our fantasic non-sensationalistic, integrity-rich media for looking out for ALL children.

Dennis from Canada   May 4th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

Has the FBI, CIA and British Intelligence been involved? Is this a global child trafficing ring or something worse? The child must been found and possibly many more might be rescued and these criminals brought to justice !

Sheryl   May 4th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

Madeline McCann is still missing after 2 YEARS!! This needs to stop! Too many innocent children are taken away from their homes, families and communities! The National Vigil for Hope wants to bring home the missing persons, by helping to get their faces, like Madeline's out in the public eye. One of the people who have stepped on board is Jonathan Whynock who will be performing on Larry King Live May 13th, he'll be performing at the Somersworth, NH vigil on May 17 at Millennium Park, the event is free for all, and Larry I hope you and many others can attend one of the vigils near you!!

Donna   May 4th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

I remember that little Maddy had an unusual mark on her eye, kind of like a comma? Why wasn't this mentioned? Also everyone must be reminded that she could be dressed like a boy. Every parent and grandparent , while traveling should be alert for anything unusual going on between an adult & child, it does take a village. keep looking!!!

Mario   May 5th, 2009 11:55 am ET

It's troubling to see the government of a country, having one of the oldest democracies in the world, do everything in their power to bring an investigation into the disappearance of a missing child to a grinding halt. I never thought I would see politicians, including a judge, perform public relations services for people suspected of harming a toddler, nor did I expect suspects in a criminal investigation filtering what gets disseminated in the media. What makes this case special is that anyone who voices their concerns or attempts to discuss the facts, is immediately berated and ridiculed.

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