Madeleine McCann: Police offer fresh timeline of events, hoping for new clues
Published Sunday, October 13, 2013 8:34AM EDT
Last Updated Sunday, October 13, 2013 9:57PM EDT
More than six years after three-year-old Madeleine McCann vanished from a holiday resort in Portugal, British police say the timeline of the events leading up to her disappearance have significantly changed since they took up the case.
McCann vanished on the evening of May 3, 2007, just days before her fourth birthday. She was sleeping in her family's holiday apartment with her brother and sister when she disappeared. A window was found open when the girl’s parents, Kate and Gerry, returned from dinner at a restaurant in the resort complex.
"We are focused on the area between 8:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.," Det. Chief Inspector Andy Redwood of London's Metropolitan Police told BBC's “"Crimewatch." "We know that around 10 p.m. that was when Mrs. McCann found that Madeleine was missing."
A detailed reconstruction of the events leading up to McCann’s disappearance will be broadcast on the BBC program on Monday night in the U.K. Police hope the re-enactment will jog someone’s memories and lead them to new clues.
Portuguese police dropped the case in 2008. The McCanns hired private investigators to pursue new leads, until Scotland Yard started a fresh investigation into the disappearance in 2011.
"Primarily what we sought to do from the beginning is try to draw everything back to zero," Redwood said. "Try to take everything back to the beginning and then reanalyze and reassess everything, accepting nothing."
The fresh investigation led British police to develop a new perspective on the events leading up to McCann's disappearance.
British police say after analyzing phone records of thousands of tourists and residents at the Portuguese resort, they have identified 41 people of interest, including 15 U.K. nationals.
Detectives have also issued a computerized sketch of a white male between 20 and 40 years of age. Police say he was seen on the night McCann vanished.
Since her disappearance, McCann’s parents say they have been in agony waiting for answers but that they have never given up hope.
"When it’s a special occasion, when you should be your happiest, and Madeleine’s not here, that’s when it really hits home," Gerry McCann told the BBC.
Last year, British police released a new age progression image of Madeleine, depicting what she might look like the age of nine.
With a report from CTV's Joy Malbon