Madeleine McCann timeline of events

Madeleine McCann
A timeline showing the investigation into Madeleine's disappearance Photo: McCanns

3rd May 2007: Madeleine McCann goes missing from family holiday home in Praia da Luz

2nd Aug 2007: Thought Madeleine was sighted with a man in Cartagena, Spain

7th Sep 2007: Portuguese authorities declare parents Kate and Gerry suspects

13th Feb 2008: Portuguese authorities officially shelve the case

2nd May 2008: McCann’s hire own team of detectives

21st Jul 2008: Kate and Gerry cleared of any involvement, official suspect status is lifted

Nov 2010: More reported sightings of Madeleine, in Dubai

18th Feb 2011: Italian nightclub bouncer claims she was snatched by paedophile gang and taken to America

12th May 2011: Madeleine's 8th birthday, and Scotland Yard announces they will help with the investigation

26th Apr 2012: Portuguese police refuse to re-open the case, claiming there is no new evidence

3rd May 2012: Madeleine has been missing for five years