Madeleine McCann has not been found despite rumors to the contrary over the years. She was reported missing on Thursday, May 3, 2007, while on vacation with her family in Portugal. Though McCann’s whereabouts are still unknown to this day, there have been several reports and rumors that she’s been found.
Despite these reports, all of which authorities believe to be false, the world doesn’t seem any closer to finding out what happened to McCann or learning where she is today. Additionally, it’s unknown if she is dead or alive.
On Friday, March 15, Netflix will release a documentary about Madeleine McCann.
Here’s what you need to know:
McCann Disappeared From Bed While Her Parents Were Eating Dinner at a Nearby Restaurant
McCann was just 3 years old when she disappeared in Portugal. As the story goes, McCann’s mom and dad, Kate and Gerry McCann, put her to bed along with her two-year-old twin siblings. While the children slept, Kate and Gerry went to dinner with the friends they’d been vacationing with — but repeatedly checked on the children as they were just 180 feet from their ground floor apartment.
During one “check-in,” Kate and Gerry found that Madeleine had been missing from her bed and was not in the apartment. Police were called and a massive search for the child was soon underway.
Fairly early on in the investigation, Kate and Gerry McCann were named as suspects. The running theory was that Madeleine died in some sort of accident and that her parents tried to cover it up. About a year later, Kate and Gerry were off the hook when Portugal’s attorney general archived the case — there wasn’t enough evidence to prove that something happened beyond an abduction.
Some People Believed a Girl Found in Rome in 2016 Was Madeleine McCann
Embla Jauhojärvi, known in Italy as “Maria,” whom many people thought was Madeleine McCann.
In late 2016, a homeless girl in her early teens was spotted in Rome, Italy, and her appearance somewhat resembled that of Madeleine McCann’s.
“The teenager has been walking around with old clothes on, no belongings and has not accepted cash from locals. … “The Italian police have tried to identify the girl, who is sleeping rough on the streets with no passport or ID,” Express UK reported at the time.
People all over the world found themselves comparing photos of McCann (from when she was a child) and this girl, whose name might have been “Maria.” Although some similarities were found, “Maria” did not appear to have a mark under her eye, a sort of trademark of Madeleine’s appearance.
“Maria” was soon identified as Embla Jauhojärvi, who disappeared from her home six months prior, according to the Daily Mail.
A Possible Madeleine McCann Sighting Went Viral in 2010
Less than three years after her disappearance, a little girl who looked like Madeleine was spotted in New Zealand. Footage of the youngster made its way online and quickly went viral. A woman working at a department store saw the child and decided to approach her — …read more