Vers 22h45, sa mère, Kate McCann, a découvert que sa fille n'était pas là.
"Quand on le lui demande, il dit que le 3 mai, on lui a demandé de garder au chaud le plat d'un des convives pendant quelques minutes, c'était environ 15 minutes avant son retour, vers 21 h 45
Il ne se souvient pas avoir vu les parents de Madeleine quitter la table, mais il est possible que quelqu'un ait pu quitter la table sans que le témoin l'ait remarqué.
Quelques minutes après 21h45 le témoin a regardé la table et a constaté qu'il n'y avait personne. Un de ses collègues lui a dit que tous les invités avaient quitté la table à la hâte. En tout cas, il se souvient avoir entendu des cris venant de la direction de l'appartement des parents de Madeleine. "
"Le 3 mai, vers 22h05, Jacqueline Williams travaillait au" Mini Club "à l'heure du" dîner "avec ses collègues Charlotte et Amy, lorsqu'une personne féminine est arrivée, dont elle ignore le nom, mais qu'elle était la mère de un enfant (appartenant à Toddlers 2), un invité qui séjournait à l'hôtel et qui est parti à la fin de la semaine, lui a dit qu'une fille appelée "Maddie" avait disparu et que ses parents avaient besoin d'aide pour la chercher.
Le 5 mai, 6 équipes composées d'officiers de la PJ et de membres de l'équipe de maintenance de l'Ocean Club ont visité 443 résidences de l'Ocean Club. On a demandé aux gens s’ils avaient des informations et si c’était le cas, ils ont été emmenés pour un interrogatoire formel.
22h15/20 : Gerald MC est de retour au 5A. Où est-il allé ?
Selon Rachael, elle et GMC cherchent dans les étages de l'immeuble.
22:52 Second appel. On sait, détail important, que la voiture de la patrouille alertée était à Valverde lorsqu'elle apprend que le poste de Lagos a reçu le second appel. Valverde est tout près de PDL (4 minutes en voiture ?), ce qui permet d'estimer que la patrouille est arrivée à la réception principale vers 23h. Après un moment passé à la réception principale avec GMC (il y a deux appels de GMC à KMC à 23h14 et 23h17), ils doivent arriver au 5A vers 23h20.
John Hill va au 5A et emmène GMC et Matthew MO à la réception principale attendre la GNR.
23:52 : GMC appelle Brian et Janet Kennedy
00:00 : KMC appelle les Healy, mais c'est GMC qui parle
00:05 : GMC appelle les Kennedy
00:06 : GMC appelle Trish Cameron
00:07 : GMC appelle les Kennedy
00:13 : GMC appelle Trish Cameron
00: 14 : GMC appelle les Healy
00:21 : GMC appelle Trish Cameron
00:23 : GMC calls …. (3.55 minutes)
00:30/01:00 : rédaction des deux timelines par ROB
00:36 : KMC calls … (31 seconds)
00:38 : … calls GMC
00:47 : … calls KMC
00:47 : Angela Morado at UK Consulate calls GMC
01:00 : MO et John Hill frappent à la porte de JW
01:02 : … calls Kate (2.23 minutes)
01:16 : GMC calls A. M. UK Consulate
01.29 : Phil McCann appelle son frère
01:30 : KMC appelle Father PS
01.43 : … calls GMC
02:38 : Lynda et Mark appellent KMC
02.53 : KMC appelle Michelle and Jon
03:00 : les MC demandent un prêtre à Gendarme NC
03.06 : KMC appelleMichelle and Jon
03.07 : KMC appelle Jon Corner
03.08 : KMC appelle Michelle and Jon
03.23 : Jon Corner appelle KMC
04.30/05.30 : PJ MQ reçoit appel de Sky News
07.15 : Gerry calls Angela Morado UK Consulate
07.23 :… calls Gerry
07.41 : Jill R. appelle Kate
Jusqu'à 08:08 : nombreux SMS de et à KMC (dont sa mère)
08.11 : Jill R. appelle calls Kate (1.56 minutes)
08.21 : idem
Jusqu'à 08:31 : nombreux SMS de et à KMC dont Michelle
08.31 : Jill R. appelle KMC
Jusqu'à 08:34 : SMS dont Jon
08.35 : GMC appelle Angela Morado, UK vice-consul
Jusqu'à 08:45 : messages de KMC
08.50 : GMC appelle Angela Morado, UK consulat
Jusqu'à 08:57 : SMS KMC
08.57 : Jill appelle KMC
09.01. … calls Gerry
09.04.… calls Gerry
09.05. ... calls Gerry
Jusqu'à 09:10 : SMS KMC
09.12. Geteesha appelle KMC
09.14 UK consulate in Portugal appelle GMC
Jusqu'à 09:30 : SMS à et de KMC et GMC
09.33 : Michelle & Jon appellent KMC
09.45 : Fiona & Richard appellent KMC
10:00 : Arrivée du consul britannique de Portimao
I worked my way around the area, eventually coming around the back of the tennis courts and up towards what I now know to be the McCann's apartment a couple of hours later. I was looking in the little gardens on the poolside of that block, I was in the end garden when I heard a male voice, he sounded distraught his voice cracking with emotion. I looked to see who I now know to be Gerry McCann stood above me on the balcony/patio about 3 metres away speaking on a mobile phone. I cannot recall his exact words but I got the impression that he was speaking to perhaps a family member or someone he was very close to due to the nature of his conversation. He said something along the lines of there being Paedophile gangs in Portugal and that they had abducted Madeleine. I was so shocked by this, having originally thought that she had just wandered off.
On the morning of 4 May 2007 the mother of Kate telephoned my mother who, in turn, telephoned me. My mother told me that something terrible had happened, that somebody had taken Madeleine. I later sent a text message to Kate that same night and I spoke with her on the telephone. She was hysterical, saying only that she wanted to be able to hug Madeleine. She was worried by the fact that there were only two police officers in the place and thought that the police were not helping her with anything. She continued to speak about Madeleine, of the cold that she could feel since she was dressed only in pyjamas and continued to look at the situation from the perspective of Madeleine. She told me that Gerry was outside to find the girl and during the following day we spoke on the telephone and we frequently sent messages [to each other].
Gerry, he was on the phone to, errm... a member of his family, errm... curled up, really, on the floor just outside the sliding patio door, just sobbing uncontrollably and in between sobs just saying 'They've...', you know, 'Someone's taken her' or 'Somebody's blo*dy got her', you know, 'She's gone' and absolutely, errm... you know, you know, for such a strong man to see him on the floor, broken, he was... he was incapable of even standing up, he was just lying on the floor and just repeating himself, there was so little he could, you know, there was just nothing else in there. Statement to the Leicestershire Police, April 2008Fiona Payne
And Kate's ringing, Gerry's ringing anybody under the sun, family, they just don't, they honestly just didn’t know what to do. So there was a lot of... Gerry's in and out, I mean, they were just sobbing, going between sobbing and then feeling helpless and then ringing people and this frantic activity.
(..)Gerry kicked in to his sort of you know, action mode, which, errr... he was ringing people; who do we need to ring; the British Embassy, I think he was trying to get hold of the British Embassy and just get somebody, errm... who was English speaking, who might be able to help, errm... say early, I know he phoned his sister, he was phoning relatives, just telling anybody, you know, you've got to help us, what can you do, can you think of anything?
(..)There were lots of... lots of phone calls going on with Kate and Gerry, errm... of which, yeah, I, I heard snippets and bits. They phoned the family, I know Gerry phoned his sister, Trish, and he was just sobbing and hysterical on the phone. Statement to the Leicestershire Police, April 2008
Mr McCann told the girl's aunt, Trish Cameron, from Dumbarton near Glasgow, that at about 22:00 that night they had found the door open, with the bedroom window and shutters jemmied open. BBC News 5/5/07. L'alarme lancée vers 22h vient nettement de GMC.
The phone went last night and it was my brother Gerry, distraught on the phone, breaking his heart. He said, 'Madeleine’s been abducted, she's been abducted'. They kept going back to check the kids every half-hour. On the last visit, at 10 pm, Mrs McCann went into the apartment, then ran out, screaming. Mrs Cameron said: "The door was lying open, the window in the bedroom and the shutters had been jemmied open. Nothing had been touched in the apartment, no valuables taken, no passports. They think someone must have come in the window and gone out the door with her. It looks as if somebody has either been watching, or they've targeted her. Daily Express, 5/5/07
Mrs Cameron spoke to her brother again at 10am yesterday. It was frustrating for him then because between 5am and 7am the police seemed to do nothing, they were standing about. Guardian 5/5/07
Kate came screaming back to the group crying, 'They've taken her, they've taken her'. Gerry was crying and roaring like a bull.They were all sound asleep, windows shut, shutters shut.
Kate went back at 10pm to check, the front door was lying open, the window had been tampered with, the shutters had been jammied open, and Madeleine was missing. Timesonline 6/5/07
They had put the kids to bed at 7pm and checked on them every half an hour as they had dinner nearby with the rest of the party. Gerry said the window was open, the shutters broken and the door, which had been locked, hanging open. Kate came screaming back to the group crying, 'They've taken her, they've taken her'. Gerry was crying and roaring like a bull. Obviously someone has been watching them, watching the children, seeing where they stayed and seeing they were left alone. It just doesn't bear thinking about. Trish Cameron, Telegraph 7/5/07
Gerry told me when they went back the shutters to the room were broken, they were jemmied up and she was gone, said Mr Healy. She'd been taken from the chalet. The door was open.
It is not right to say that they just left them, said Mr Healy. They could see the chalet from where they were sitting in the restaurant, they were a hundred yards away. They went back every half hour to check on the children. When they returned at the end of their meal she was gone. My daughter can hardly speak. She is distraught, she is crying and in shock. Guardian 5/5/07
On the night of Thursday, May 3, 2007, Patricia received a telephone call from Gerry informing us of the disappearance of Madeleine. Gerry manifested all those emotions one expects from a father who has lost a child in the circumstances. He was distraught and spoke at the same time he cried. He seemed frustrated with the slowness of the searches in Portugal, with the fact that the borders had not been closed, and with the fact that sniffer dogs were not being used. Patricia and I contacted the British Embassy to try and help in this regard. Statement to the Leicestershire Police, April 2008
Susan HealyThe-- the whole-- the whole night was hellish. You know? I've got crying for help from my brother and I'm stuck couple of thousand miles away from him. I can't do anything concrete. And then eventually he just said, 'I don't know what to think. I think some pedophile or some other swine has taken Madeleine.' MSNBC 2/3/08
'Gerry rang me and said how desperate the situation was. He said it was a disaster. And at first I thought there had been a car accident. And then he said no, and when he told me that Madeleine had been abducted from her bed in the hotel, I just said 'No'. He said 'I'm serious, Sue'. He said everyone in the complex was searching for Madeleine. He was really, really upset. And shortly after that, I had a phone call from Kate asking me to contact Fr Paul Seddon. He's a friend of Kate and Gerry's. Paul married Kate and Gerry and baptised Madeleine and she needed to speak to him. The Mayo News 3/7/07
'Gerry called me. He said, errm… "There's been a disaster, it's a disaster" and I thought there'd been a car accident. And it took me a while 'cause he was hysterical, errm… it took me a while to realise. He… he just said "Madeleine's been abducted from her bed". Errm… And, I sort of said "No, Gerry", you know, and he… he was, sort of, at pains to emphasise how important it was because, at this time, I think they'd been looking for some time and they hadn't told us right away. They'd looked for an hour or so. She said: 'She's gone, mum, she's gone, mum', and… and I said "We'll get her back". And I was able to say this to Kate for quite a few months, "We'll get her back, we'll get her back". And now I find it is getting harder to say that to her. Errm… I… I believe it. We want her back, we're not going to accept that Maddie's gone from our life altogether. She's far too important for that.'
'Kate phoned me, errm… about an hour after Gerry and asked me to get in touch with, errm… Paul Seddon, who is the priest, Father Seddon, who married her, who baptised Madeleine, errm… and I didn't have his mobile phone so I rang a friend of Kate's and got… got him and he rang Kate right away and I think as soon as this happened, as soon as Kate realised what had happened, it was as if, errm.. she started to ask God right away to give her Madeleine. Errm… because Kate and Gerry were not the most devout family. We do have Catholic faith, errm… it's… it's the religion that we were brought up in, but I would never describe myself as a devout person. We're just ordinary people, errm… but Kate certainly has… has clung to her religion, errm.. since this happened. Possibly she feels that, you know, it has to be a greater thing that helps us to get Madeleine back. Errm… something with more power than… than we have.'
Their voices were out of control and I think it was just blind panic and fear that they couldn't get through to the police or to anybody, errm... to make it clear that they felt Madeleine had been abducted and they were afraid that every minute that was lost was crucial to getting Madeleine back. Errm… my daughter is very, very placid, very even tempered, and I saw her scream that night at the Consul. Screaming for help, for somebody to do something to... to help them to get Madeleine back. But I… I've never heard Kate raise her voice, she doesn't raise her voice, and she was shouting down the phone, I think, to emphasise how important it was, errm... to the British Consul. "I want somebody here now," errm… is what she was saying. But, yes, emotionally she was very up and down, errm… and that isn't, as I say, she's a very placid…Interview with Jordi González on the Antena 3 channel on Monday, October 22nd.
Errr... you know, I made, errr... a phone call at some stage in the evening to, errr... Fiona's dad back in the UK who I've got a lot of respect for and has given me very... a lot of very good advice because you know you certainly would never have believe that you will find yourself in a situation, errr... like this and, you know, there was very able people who were there, you know. Everybody who was out there, you know, was very responsible and people that I would turn to but under the circumstances I don't think anyone functions, errr... particularly anywhere near a hundred percent and, you know, just looking to try and get some advice from someone outside the situation because, you know, we just didn't feel that we could get this message across to, errr... to anybody that she had been abducted.
Yeah, I mean Kate, you know, Kate generally, you know, more emotional than, errr... Gerry was and then all of a sudden Gerry would break down and, you know, just, you know, saying she's gone, you know, she's gone, errr... Kate was more like that on a continual basis throughout the evening. Errr... Gerry would still try and function in between the moments of, you know, breaking down and, errr... you know, and try to, you know, I had the discussion on with phone and, you know, what... what we gonna do and, errr... and then, you know, they'd break down again, so there was…Statement to the Leicestershire Police, April 2008
I'm not sure who informed, errr... Sky News of the event, you know a lot of that, errr... I know Kate and Gerry spent a lot of time on the phone ringing people, they were just so, so beside themselves really. Statement to the Leicestershire Police, April 2008
On the morning of 4 May 2007 the mother of Kate telephoned my mother who, in turn, telephoned me. My mother told me that something terrible had happened, that somebody had taken Madeleine. I later sent a text message to Kate that same night and I spoke with her on the telephone. She was hysterical, saying only that she wanted to be able to hug Madeleine. She was worried by the fact that there were only two police officers in the place and thought that the police were not helping her with anything. She continued to speak about Madeleine, of the cold that she could feel since she was dressed only in pyjamas and continued to look at the situation from the perspective of Madeleine. She told me that Gerry was outside to find the girl and during the following day we spoke on the telephone and we frequently sent messages [to each other]. Statement to the Leicestershire Police, May 2008
On the morning of the 4th of May, 2007, Kate called our land line but we did not hear it as we were asleep and did not put the phone on the bed. She left a message and asked us to call her once we heard the message. Kate must have tried Jon's mobile once as we stirred when it rang at about 03h20. Jon spoke briefly with Kate and then called her around 03h30. I knew that Kate and Gerry were on holidays in Portugal. Kate was very anguished and on the telephone and told me that she had checked on the children every half-hour. It was around 22h00, and when she went to check on the children she found that someone had entered the apartment and taken Madeleine from where she slept; that Madeleine had been abducted. The person must have entered, passed by the twins and taken her. Kate continued that when she entered the apartment via the patio doors, a breeze hit her in the face as if a door or window was open. When she entered the children's room, the window was open, the blind had been forced and Madeleine had disappeared. Kate urged me to call all the close family and to ask them to pray for Madeleine.
During the next 24 hours, we maintained contact through text messages but I spoke to her around 04h30 on the next day, Saturday, the 5th of May of 2007. Kate was still frustrated and anguished and felt that nobody was doing anything to help find Madeleine. She told me that the police had left in the morning and returned around 09h30 and that now only a few agents with sniffer dogs were in the locale. Statement to the Leicestershire Police, may 2008.
She was in an absolutely hysterical state - very, very distressed. She blurted out Madeleine had been abducted. "Kate said the shutters of the room were smashed. Madeleine was missing It looks as though someone had gone straight past the twins to get to her. Kate was incredibly upset. I've spoken to her since, and she's still completely devastated. Daily Mirror, 5/5/07
She phoned at about 3am. She just blurted out that Maddie had been abducted. She said, 'They've broken the shutter on the window and taken my little girl'. She's still devastated. She's very upset that the police don't seem to be doing anything. The Sun 6/5/07
She just blurted out that Madeleine had been abducted. She told me, 'They have broken the shutter on the window and taken my little girl.'
They had left the apartment locked while they were having their meal, but when they went back the last time they saw the damage.
First they saw one of the window shutters had been forced, and then they saw the door was open and the bed was empty - and Madeleine was gone. Telegraph 7/5/07
..On the night that Madeleine disappeared, on the Thursday, a friend of mine, or friends of Matt's and mine, Kath and James LANDALE and James Landale's a BBC News, errm... and at the time he was like Political Correspondent, errm... I saw him the other night actually reading the news on BBC News 24 but I rang him, or I rang his wife Kath cos I had her mobile number, erm basically to say you know that Madeleine had gone missing, was there any way that we could get it on the news and that was, that was on the Thursday night. Statement to the Leicestershire Police, april 2008
And you mentioned another guy, John CORNER”?
Reply Yes, he’s a friend of Gerry and Kate’s who was in England, I spoke to him on the phone, on Kate’s phone actually.
Reply That was the next morning, sort of you know, eight o’clock in the morning, that sort of time. Statement to the Leicestershire Police, april 2008
Poor Kate and Gerry don't know where to turn."Madeleine has obviously been taken. She couldn't have gone out on her own and the shutters were forced. The Mirror, 5/5/07
I spoke to Kate by phone between 10:00 and 11:00am that morning and she confirmed that she wanted her mother, her father and Nora with her. The family liaison [officer?] arranged the journey of the mother, father and Nora to Portugal that same afternoon. Statement to the Leicestershire police, april 2008
Speaking from her home in Glasgow she said Gerry was furious with the way the inquiry was being handled.
My brother is at his wits’ end. They’ve just played it down from the minute he first approached them. I mean, you can hear his voice breaking. His wife, she can barely stand up. She can’t sleep, she can’t eat. They spent seven hours in the police station yesterday. What for? It took three hours just to get a statement from Kate, and Kate is an extremely articulate young woman. What’s going on? Daily Express 6/5/07