Was anything unusual noticed during the holiday?
Kate McCann - Nothing except on morning of 3rd May Madeleine asked her why she had not come
to look in the bedroom when the twins were crying.
Gerry McCann - Nothing except on morning of 3rd May Madeleine
asked her father why he had not come to look in the bedroom when the twins were crying.
Fiona Payne - Nothing noticed.
David Payne - Nothing noticed.
Matthew Oldfield - No, there was nothing unusual and he knows
of nothing special happening. That the tourist complex was quiet and that nothing unusual happened there.
Rachael Oldfield - She never saw any suspicious behaviour,
or ever had suspicions about anybody she came across, either in their independent activities or in the group with their children.
Dianne Webster - Nothing noticed.
What were the usual daily routines?
8.30 GM & KM - The day after arrival (29th April) went to Millennium for breakfast. They found it too far and from
then on bought food in the supermarket and took breakfast in their apartment.
FP - Take breakfast as family in a bar at a club around 8.15/8.30.
DP - Concerning the remaining members of the group, normally
they got up and went for breakfast at the "Millennium" restaurant, after which they left their children at the Kids Club and
the adults went to do sports inside the tourist complex or they went to the beach.
DW - Concerning the usual routines, the informant states that
she only spent part of each afternoon with her family and that not always. Sometimes she read, she went shopping or did other
things. As for the mornings, she only had lunch one day with her family, Wednesday, because it was raining. On the other days,
she spent the mornings playing tennis.
MO - In the morning, the group woke between 6.30 and 8am and
that they all went on foot to the, "Millennium," around 10 minutes from the complex. That only Madeleine's parents, Madeleine
and the twins had breakfast in their apartment due to the fact that they have three very small children.
RO - After breakfast, taken between 8 and 9 am in the Millennium
restaurant, she takes her daughter to the Kids Club, about 10 minutes walk from the apartment. The other couples do exactly
the same thing, with the exception of Gerry and Kate McCann who have breakfast in their apartment.
JT - Only Gerry and Kate have breakfast in their apartment
due to the fact that they have three children and it is complicated walking with the three at the same time.
9.00/9.30 Children go to creche. [KM, GM, FP, DP, MO, RO, JT]
12.30 KM & GM - Children collected from creche and have lunch in their own apartment. After lunch children
spend time around pool with parents for about 45 minutes before returning to creche.
DW - States the only day she ate lunch in the apartment was
on Wednesday because it was raining.
MO - At lunchtime, the habit was to meet up in one of the apartments
occupied by the group to have lunch there with the children. In the afternoon, the children have a sleep in their respective
apartments under the supervision of an adult. The other adults do sporting activities within the complex. After their afternoon
sleep, the children return to the "Kids Club."
FP - In afternoon their children take a nap while they stay
in apartment. Around 15.30/16.00, nap over, they all go to pool or tennis courts until 18.00/19/00 when they return to apartment
and put children to bed before going to join rest of the group at the Tapas restaurant for dinner.
RO - She went back to the Kids Club to pick up her daughter
for lunch. She made her daughter's lunch and then they went to Russell O'Brien or David Payne's apartment, where they all
ate together. Only Gerry and Kate McCann had lunch in their apartment with the twins and Madeleine. The interviewee has the
impression that the McCann family had one lunch on the beach.
JT - Towards 12.30, they go to fetch their children from the
respective rooms at the, "Kids Club," which close for lunch. Lunch was sometimes taken all together in the apartment of one
of the couples. Towards 14.30, the "Kids Club" rooms open and only Madeleine, the twins and El** go back. The others stay
with their respective parents.
MO - That around 16.45pm, the children eat at the "Tapas,"
restaurant inside the tourist complex. After eating, the children went to play in a playground in the complex, supervised
KM & GM - 17.00/17.30 the children eat their tea in a bar
watched by parents. After tea children have bath and are prepared for night. Then play around in a playground next to the
Tennis courts under parental supervision. Children put to bed at 20.00.
MO - At around 20.00, the children went to sleep and at around
20.30pm, the adults went to dinner at the "Tapas" restaurant. While they were eating, the children were sleeping in their
respective apartments without the constant supervision of an adult. The interviewee adds that, as the restaurant is around
1 minute from the apartments, randomly, an adult would be going frequently to check on the children in the apartments. That
during the meal, it was usual that every 15 minutes (as on all nights) one of the adults went to the apartments to check if
the children were sleeping. That normally this checking was done inside the apartments (Visual checking), but that, to be
honest, sometimes this checking was only done from the outside, near the bedroom windows (Auditory checking)
FP - During dinner neither she or her husband ever went to
their apartment to check because they would have heard the slightest noise thanks to a baby monitor type intercom.
DP - States that during all the meals, he never went to his
apartment or to any of the group's apartments, because he has an "intercom," and the signal carries from the apartment to
the restaurant. The other members of the group went, randomly, every 20 minutes, to their apartments to make sure their respective
children were asleep.
RO - They had the habit of going to eat every evening at the,"TAPAS,"
restaurant which is about 50 metres from the apartments as the crow flies but 60 or 70 metres round the building to the back
DW - To our question, the informant told us that given that
her daughter had an intercom allowing them to hear if the children were shouting or crying, no one went to check on the spot.
However, she reported that Kate and Gerald as well as other couples went a few times, on a regular basis, to make sure their
children were OK.
JT - Usually, every 15 minutes one person from each apartment
went to the respective rooms to make sure everything was OK.
ROB - While they were eating, it was normal that every 15 minutes,
one person from each apartment went to make sure the children were OK.
Thursday 3rd May
KM & GM - No details of what they all did during that particular day.
FP - 3rd May routine slightly changed - she went to beach with
her children, husband and mother. They arrived around 15.45 and came back to tennis courts at around 18.15. At 19.00 she returned
to apartment with her children and mother. Her mother and husband bathed the children while she went jogging on beach until
DW - Concerning the day yesterday (May 3rd), she went to the
beach with the children, her son-in-law and her daughter. They arrived there at around 15.45pm and left at around 18.15pm
to go to the tennis courts where she stayed until 19.00. The informant then went to the apartment with the small children
and ten minutes later, her son-in-law, David, joined them. With her son-in-law's help, they bathed the children.
JT - Wasn't at breakfast because she had a tennis lesson scheduled
for 9.00. Ev** must have been unwell because she didn't go to the "Kids Club" that day. Kate Healy and Dianne Webster came
and waited 30 minutes for the tennis lesson to finish at 9.30. During the tennis lesson Kate Healy behaved normally. After
the lesson, the interviewee and her partner, O'Brien, went with their daughter Ev** to the beach until 12.20. Then they had
been to fetch El** from the "Kids Club" - she did not notice if Madeleine was still at the "Kids Club".
12.45 - 13.45
Lunched in their apartment with their two children together with Matthew Oldfield, Rachael Manpilly and their daughter.
Around 14.00 again played tennis with Rachael Manpilly this time. While she was playing tennis she saw Kate Healy and Gerald
mcCann with their three children in the play area next to the
court. Kate waved to her. The mcCann family stayed in that
play area until 14.40.
14.45 JT went back to her apartment where she stayed with her daughter Ev**. Her husband and Matthew
Oldfield went sailing.
15.45 JT went to the Praia beach with her daughter, Rachael Manpilly, Diane Webster, Fiona Payne,
and both Payne children. Her husband Russell O'Brien was back from his boat trip and he went to fetch El** from the "Kids
Club." They joined the group at the beach until 18.10/18.15. On the way back to the beach, the group of friends saw Gerald
McCann and Kate Healy having an individual tennis lesson. The children were not with them.
17.15 They saw Kate Healy jogging
along the beach.
18.20 Russell O'Brien, Matthew Oldfield and David Payne had left the beach a little earlier to go to
the tennis court for men's tennis night, and when the group came back from the beach at around 18.20 they went past the tennis
court and they saw all the men, including Gerald McCann, on the court. They stayed to talk to them for around 20 to 30 minutes.
Gerald McCann behaved normally. JT supposed that Kate was at the apartment putting the children to bed.
19.00 They went
to their own apartments with the children. The interviewee bathed her two daughters, read them a story to send them to sleep.
As Ev** was unwell and had difficulty going to
sleep, she stayed with her father who, meantime, had returned.
Checking the children during the evening of 3rd May
KM - Every half hour she and her husband went to make sure children OK.
GM - Every half hour he or his wife went to make sure children
FP - Kate & Gerry, as well as other couples, went a few
times at regular intervals to make sure the children were OK.
DP - During the evening, Gerry, Jane and Matthew went, alternately,
to their children's bedrooms to check if they were sleeping. He thinks they physically went into the apartments. He no longer
remembers in what order they went see their children.
ROB - as Ev** was not well, the interval between checks (15
minutes) was reduced.
What happened during the evening of 3rd May
19.15/19.30 ROB returned to his apartment from the tennis court.
19.30 KM - Maddie and twins went to bed in their respective
19.30 GM - Maddie and twins went to bed in their respective
20.00 - 20.30 KM - Took a bath, did make-up. Drank glass of
NZ wine with GM.
GM - After children in bed they stayed in apartment to relax
and have drink of wine until 20.30.
20.30 KM - Just after 20.30 they checked children and joined
the other adults of the group at the 'Tapas' restaurant about 50 metres away.
20.30 GM - After they had checked the children they, accompanied
by other adults, went to the 'Tapas' restaurant about 50 metres away.
20.30 JT - Went to dinner at the, "Tapas," restaurant leaving
ROB with the children. When she arrived at the restaurant, several adult members of the group were already there, without
children, who were, in theory, asleep.
20.30 ROB - His partner (Jane Tanner) left to go to the Tapas.
20.45 ROB - He went to the Tapas. When he arrived at the restaurant,
nearly all the adults were present, without children, with the exception of David, Fiona and Dianne. They arrived more or
less 5 minutes later.
20.45 FP - went out accompanied by her mother and husband to
join rest of group at the Tapas restaurant.
20.55 DP - He, his wife and his mother-in-law arrived at the
restaurant at around 20.55pm. According to what he remembers, when they arrived, all the members of the group were present,
apart from the children, who were in bed.
20.45 MO - as on all other nights, at around 20.45pm, he and
his wife left their daughter asleep in the apartment and went to the "Tapas" restaurant. Kate and Gerry, Madeleine's parents
were already at the restaurant, they had arrived at the restaurant five minutes before them. The rest of the adults arrived
at the restaurant around five minutes after the interviewee and his wife. That the last to arrive at the restaurant was the
couple David and Fiona, who arrived at the restaurant at around 21.00.
20.45 RO - at around 20.45pm, like every evening, they joined
the rest of the group to eat at the "tapas" restaurant. After arriving her husband Matthew went to look for David Payne and
20.45 DW - They left the apartment at around 20.45 and accompanied
by her son-in-law and her daughter, they went to join the rest of the group at the "TAPAS" restaurant. The McCann couple were
amongst the other friends at dinner.
21.00 JT - Around 21.00, her partner (Russell O'Brien)
arrived at the restaurant. He had succeeded in getting Ev** to sleep. Because of the late arrival of David Payne, Fiona Payne
and Dianne Webster, the meal booked for 8.30pm, did not start until 21.00, when the Payne family arrived.
21.00 RO - The Paynes arrived two or three minutes after Matthew.
He had been to check the children's bedrooms, his own apartment where his daughter was sleeping but also that of the twins
and Madeleine. He listened at both closed shutters and didn't hear any noise. He also checked to see if there was any noise
in Russell O'Brien and Jane Tanner's apartment. He said that he hadn't heard any noise.
21.00 ROB - At around 9pm, they had all ordered their meals.
21.00 ROB - Recalls that Matthew Oldfield left the restaurant
at shortly after 9pm to check the children.
21.00 KM - Her husband went to apartment to check. Told her
he had bumped into tennis partner. At same time ROB went to check his own children without checking theirs.
21.05 ROB - He is no longer sure who went out first, but five
minutes later, Gerry McCann and his own partner, Jane, went out, almost at the same time, to check the children. He thinks
that Gerry must have gone out first because Jane saw him chatting with a person on holiday at the complex, a certain Jez.
He thinks that Jane only checked their apartment, being worried about Ev**.
21.05 MO - That around 21.05, the interviewee went to the area
of the apartments. Notably to the area near the windows of all the children's bedrooms. That he did not hear any noise. That
he considered that all the children were sleeping. That all the children's bedroom windows were closed, notably the windows
that gave access to the fourth apartment, that occupied by Madeleine. That after this check, he returned to the restaurant,
saying that all the children were asleep. Gerry then went to the area of the apartments to check for himself if the children
were asleep. That Gerry allegedly went into his apartment and that he checked to make sure that Madeleine and the twins were
sleeping in their bedroom, where it was quite dark. The bedroom door was half-open. That five minutes later, Gerry came back
to the group in the restaurant. In answer to a question from the inspector, the interviewee does not know if Gerry met anyone
while he was checking the children. He did not mention it.
21.05 GM - He entered apartment using his key, the door being
locked, and went to childrens' room and noted that M and twins were OK. Took several minutes to go to toilet. Left apartment
and bumped into someone he played tennis with and had brief conversation. Then returned to Tapas.
21.10 JT - The interviewee recalls that, around 9.10pm, Gerald
McCann left the restaurant to go to the apartment to see the children. Five minutes later the interviewee left, in her turn,
to go to her own apartment to check on her children. She saw Gerald McCann talking to a British citizen named Jez. They got
to know each other during the holiday and played tennis together. She went past them knowing that Gerald McCann had already
checked the children in the apartment. After checking on her children, the interviewee went back to the "Tapas." On her way
back, Gerald McCann was no longer in the road where she had seen him talking. On her arrival at the restaurant Gerald McCann
was with his wife Kate Healy (McCann).
21.15 RO - After placing their orders, at around 21.15, Gerry
McCann went to check, only his apartment. He was held up for nearly 10 minutes because, he said, he had been chatting with
Jes about tennis. Today there was a tournament which they both had to compete in. During Gerry's absence, the waiters started
to bring the food. Jane was also absent to check her apartment. Gerry returned shortly after Jane.
21.25 MO - At around 21.25, the interviewee went into his apartment
and Madeleine's apartment to check on the children. He states that the door of the fourth room, that was occupied by Madeleine
and the twins, was half-open and that there was enough light in the bedroom for him to see the twins in their cots. That he
couldn't see the bed occupied by Madeleine, but as it was all quiet, he deduced that she was sleeping. That the light in question
was from an artificial source but not inside the bedroom, rather from outside through the bedroom window. That it seemed to
him that the shutters of the bedroom window were open, without knowing if the window was also open. That the door through
which he entered the apartment was closed but not locked. That he doesn't know if it is usual for Madeleine's parents to leave
the door closed but not locked because that door is visible from the restaurant.
21.25/21.30 ROB - Gerry came and they started to eat the main
21.30 MO - As normal, dinner began at 9.30pm.
21.30 KM - It was her turn to check but friend MATT had just
checked in his apartment then gone to hers. He had entered through glass door at the side but did not enter the childrens'
room; he just looked through door. Did not hear any noise. Returned and said everything fine.
21.30 RO - Between the starters and the main course, at around
21.30, her husband Matthew Oldfield and Russell O'Brien both went to check on the children. Kate was also planning to go and
see the children, but they told her it was no trouble, that they would go and check. Kate, therefore, stayed at the restaurant.
21.30/21.35 JT - 15 to 20 after getting back from her check,
Matthew Oldfield and her husband, Russell O'Brien, left to go and see the children. As their daughter Ev** wasn't well, and
she was crying, Russell stayed in the room. Matthew checked the children then those of Gerald and Kate. According to him,
he saw the twins but he did not succeed in seeing Madeleine. But as he did not hear any noise, he thought everything was OK
and went back to the restaurant. Matthew informed the interviewee that Russell was staying in the room. After quickly eating
the main course, the worried interviewee went to take her husband's place in the apartment so that the latter could eat.
21.30 GM - States that a friend, MATT, (a member of the
group) went to his apartment where his own children were, and he went through the interviewee's apartment, going in through
a glass door at the side of the building, which was always open. He went into the room. He saw the twins and he checked if
Madeleine was OK. Everything was normal, the shutters closed and the bedroom door half-open as usual. Then MATT went back
to the restaurant.
21.35 RO - Four or five minutes later (having left around 21.30)
the interviewee's husband came back after having checked his apartment. He also checked the one where Madeleine was. He went
in through the patio door (the couple Gerry and Kate McCann left this door accessible for everyone during dinner) The said
patio door gives access to the apartment's lounge where two doors open into the respective bedrooms. Her husband went into
the main room and, "hung about," to listen for any noise from the bedroom where the children were sleeping. He didn't switch
any lights on. He could see the twins in their beds. The bedroom door was half-open. It was only later that he realised this
was strange. At the time, he gave no importance to the fact. The interviewee's husband came back to the restaurant and said
that everything was fine, that he hadn't heard any noise. He also said that Russell O'Brien was staying with his daughter
who was crying. They had the main course and Jane went off to replace Russell so that he could come and eat. She does not
know exactly when Russell arrived.
21.35/21.40 ROB - At around 9.35/9.40, taking advantage of
the lull between two courses he left the restaurant with Matthew to check the children. When he got there, his daughter was
crying. He stayed in her bedroom with her. He supposes that Matthew checked his apartment. Matthew returned to the restaurant
five minutes after leaving it. JT came to take his place in Ev**'s bedroom around 15 minutes later after finishing dinner.
21.55 ROB - went back to the restaurant where his food had
been waiting for 5 or 10 minutes. All the other adults had finished.
22.00 KM - went to check. Entered by side door which was closed. Noticed door to childrens' room completely open,
window open, shutters raised and curtains open. She was certain of having closed them all as she always did. Twins in their
beds but Madeleine had disappeared. Cover pulled back, toys on pillow as usual. Searched whole apartment then went back to
restaurant to alert husband. Whole group set about searching for M throughout complex.... all buildings, pool, tennis courts,
apartment,etc., as well as in the apartment, with the help of Ocean Club employees, who, at the same time, contacted the authorities.
GM - Kate went to check on the children. She went into the apartment, using
her key and saw that the bedroom door was completely open, the window was also open, the shutters raised and the curtains
open. The doors were locked except the one at the back as already noted above. Faced with this situation, KATE checked that
the twins were in their respective beds, unlike MADELEINE, who had disappeared. After thoroughly searching the apartment,
his wife, scared and shocked, went to the restaurant to inform the interviewee of the disappearance. Immediately, the group
took themselves around the club and searched across all the facilities, swimming pool, tennis etc., as well as in the apartment,
with the help of Ocean Club employees, who, at the same time, contacted the authorities.
FP - During one of the checks Kate came back frightened and very jumpy, panicked even, and she announced that
Madeleine had disappeared. Search groups were immediately organised, in the apartment, thinking that she could be hiding there,
then outside, without success, even with the help of employees. Then given Kate's state of anxiety, the interviewee decided
to stay with her to lend her support. The interviewee had never been in Madeleine's family's apartment.
DP - Towards 10pm, Kate went to her apartment, and less than 5 minutes later, she came back to the restaurant,
breaking down, reporting that Madeleine had disappeared. Then everybody went to the apartment occupied by Madeleine's family.
He remembers comments concerning the fact that the window and the shutters were open, while they had remained closed throughout
MO - At around 10pm, Kate, Madeleine's mother, went to her apartment
to check on her children. She came back totally shocked, shouting, saying that Madeleine was no longer in her bedroom. At
that time all the adults were in the restaurant. Then, the whole group went to Madeleine's bedroom and checked that the twins
were sleeping OK. That there was no sign of a burglary in the apartment. Only, one window in the children's bedroom was open.
The window and the shutters were open.
RO - At around 10pm, Kate McCann went
on her own to check her children. She came back to the restaurant in tears and told us that Madeleine had disappeared. We
all got up then and went with her to see. The surrounding area was combed after having checked that Madeleine was not hiding
in the apartment. The twins carried on sleeping. They didn't move. The interviewee remembers that Kate said the window at
the front of the apartment was open, the shutters raised. The couple had never opened the shutters during their stay.
DW - During one of these checks, Kate came back, frightened and nervous, even panicked, saying
that Madeleine had disappeared. They immediately organised search parties, in the apartment, thinking that she could be hiding
in there, then outside. In spite of help from the Ocean Club's employees, the searches were fruitless.
ROB - At a round 10pm, Kate Healy went out to check her children in her apartment. When she came back, she came
towards our table, shouting that Madeleine had disappeared. We all went out, running, and with the help of a few people we
decided to search in the area around the apartment blocks. The search proved fruitless.
- While she was in the room, around 10/10.15, she heard Kate Healy and Fiona Payne shouting that Madeleine had disappeared.
She did not know whether it was Kate who discovered the disappearance because she wasn't at the restaurant at that moment.
Every evening was like this, it was normal. In turn they left the table and went to check on the children.
Jane Tanner's sighting
KM - Later JT
said that at around 21.15 she had seen a long-haired person with child in arms walking very quickly about 50 metres away 'on
the perimeter road of the club'.
GM - It is noted that when one of the members
of the group, JANE, went to her apartment to see her children, at around 9.10/9.15, at a distance of about 50 metres, in the
road leading to the club, she saw a person carrying a child in pyjamas.
Concerning what Jane said, the latter only said she saw a person with a child in his arms but she didn't know if it was Madeleine.
DP - Does not mention it.
MO - Does not mention
RO - Does not mention it.
- Does not mention it.
JT - 21.15 on her way to her apartment she spotted a
man who was going along at a fair speed with a child in his arms with the child in pyjamas without a blanket, which attracted
her attention. The interviewee only saw the man from the side with the child in his arms. She noticed this person exactly
at the moment when she walked past Gerald and Jez. That person was coming out of the path at the end of the apartment block
where they are staying. The man quickly crossed the intersection. The entrance to the building where the apartments are is
the exact place where she saw the man. After checking on her children, the interviewee went back to the "tapas."
How they all described Madeleine
KM - Concerning Madeleine, she is Caucasian, white, aged four years (12/05/2003) about 90cm
tall. Very slim, dark blond hair; shoulder-length. Left eye blue-green same as the right, which has a brown spot. She has
a small brown spot on the skin of her left leg as well as sunburn on her right forearm. She has no scars. At the time of her
disappearance, she was wearing pyjamas with white bottoms with a floral pattern. The short-sleeved top, mainly pink with a
blue-grey pattern bearing the inscription, "EEYORE," an inscription which is also on one of the trouser legs. The pyjamas
are "Marks and Spencer" brand. Concerning the child's personality, she is extrovert, very active, talkative, smart and relates
to other children with great ease. But she would never go with a stranger.
- Concerning Madeleine, she is described as being Caucasian, white, aged 4 (12/05/07) and around 90cm tall. Slender, with
shoulder length, straight, dark blond hair. Left eye and right greeny -blue and the right having a spot of brown. She also
has a distinctive brown mark on her left leg. She has no scars. At the time of her disappearance, she was wearing pyjamas
with white floral-patterned trousers and a short-sleeved top, which was mainly pink in colour, with a blue and charcoal design
with the inscription, "EEYORE." Concerning the child's personality, she is extrovert, hyper-active, good talker, smart and
relates to other children with great ease. She would never go with a stranger.
- Knowing Madeleine well, the interviewee describes her as very intelligent, and totally incapable of going with a stranger
without screaming or protesting strongly unless she was very tired or asleep.
- He describes Madeleine as being a communicative girl, happy, obedient and very well behaved.
MO - That Madeleine is very lively, obedient, communicative and extrovert.
- Concerning Madeleine, she is a happy child, good natured and full of energy. She considers it impossible that a stranger
could take her without her shouting or crying. She is a smart child who knows right from wrong.
DW - The informant does not know Madeleine well, because she lives a long way from the McCanns, and she cannot
say very much about Madeleine's personality. Nevertheless, she reports that Madeleine was calm but active and energetic and
well brought up. She is an attractive and a good child.
JT - Madeleine Beth
McCann was a sensible child, very loving, very active and fun. She liked to play. She was intelligent and the interviewee
does not believe that if a stranger approached her that she would not shout.