It was in May 2007 that Madeleine McCann — a British girl who was about to turn four — vanished while she and her parents were on holiday in Portugal. Her disappearance quickly became one of the year’s top news stories.
Her parents organized an extraordinary campaign to try to find their daughter. They raised money from millionaires and small donors alike. They held news conferences across Europe. They even had an audience with the Pope. But Madeleine’s whereabouts remain a mystery.
Shortly after Madeleine disappeared, a Canadian couple arrived in Portugal’s Algarve region and landed an accidental front-row seat for this story. Nancy Durham is the CBC’s London correspondent and she prepared a documentary about the couple’s experience.