Portuguese police apologize to Madeleine McCann’s parents

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Madeleine McCann went missing from a hotel room in Praia da Luz, in Portugal's Algarve, while on vacation with her family in May 2007.

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FILE - Portuguese police have apologized to the parents of Madeleine McCann for their handling of the three-year-old's highly publicized disappearance in 2007.to meet with Madeleine’s father Gerry McCann, according to BBC Panorama. The officers reportedly apologized to Gerry for the handling of their investigation.

Her disappearance launched a cross-country investigation and resulted in an international media frenzy. Publicity for the case only increased when Gerry and Kate were named as formal suspects, or “arguidos” in Portuguese. The parents were questioned by police, who at the time believed they may have staged the abduction.In the years since Madeleine’s disappearance, Portuguese police have said their initial investigation was improperly handled.

In June 2020, German police said Madeleine is assumed dead. British authorities continue to treat her disappearance as a missing person case.Story continues below advertisement Brückner, who is German, is currently serving a seven-year prison sentence for raping a 72-year-old woman in 2005 in the same area where Madeleine went missing. He has separately been charged with rape, sexual assault and sexual assault of a child.Small team of Canadian special ops deployed to Israel after Oct. 7 attack: sourcesfor Madeleine’s body at the behest of German authorities.

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