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New details and exclusive video in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. Peter Van Sant reports on the case, aired on Saturday, Nov. 17, at 10 p.m. ET/PT
 
Footage same as provided by Jon Corner for Panorama documentary, although there are some new pieces shown.
 
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World News: Friend of Kate and Gerry McCann believes she was the last person to see Madeleine alive, 16 November 2007
World News: Friend of Kate and Gerry McCann believes she was the last person to see Madeleine alive ShowbizSpy
 
Owen Williams
November 16 2007
 
This is the woman who believes she was the last person to see Madeleine McCann alive.
 
Holidaymaker Jane Tanner claims to have seen a man carrying the missing British toddler in his arms away from the Portuguese resort where she disappeared in May.
 
She has spoken exclusively to a US television show that has investigated the tot's whereabouts. The programme, 48 Hours Mystery, airs tomorrow / tonight (Sat Nov 17).
 
But in a preview shown in the States today (Fri Nov 16), she opens up about the sighting for the first time.
 
She said: "I never in a million years thought it could have been Madeleine.
 
"I just saw somebody walking across the top of the road, and that person was carrying a child."
 
Madeleine, now four, went missing from her family's holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal, on May 3 while her parents Gerry McCann and wife Kate, dined nearby at a tapas bar.
 
The woman - one of the so-called 'tapas seven' - says she saw the man carrying a child wearing pink pyjamas, the same colour as Madeleine's.
 
Gerry McCann, from Rothley, Leicestershire, says in the programme:
 
"We will always live with the fact that Kate and I were not in the apartment when it happened and we have to face up to that.
 
"We're very much trying to focus on what can be done now, not what could have been done before because we did not do it."
 
The show will also feature never-before-seen video footage of the McCanns shot by a family pal over the course of a week. The intimate footage tracks the McCann family following their daughter's disappearance from their rented apartment in the Algarve region of Portugal.
 
The video also shows the family canvassing local neighbourhoods in the rented car where police say they found Maddie's DNA, subsequently causing them to name Gerry and Kate McCann as official suspects in the case.
 
48 Hours Mystery correspondent Peter Van Sant said: "It's very touching, very moving material.
 
"And you're going to hear facts that you've never heard on this case, including a conclusion by [undercover investigator] Joe as to what he believes really happened that night."
 
He added: "This woman is extremely important to the investigation.
 
"She was one of the 'tapas seven' - that's the seven friends who were at this bar at the resort.
 
"And she has come forward after six months to say she saw something that night.
 
"She believes that she saw a man carrying a child in his arms away from the resort.
 
"She saw the colour of the pyjamas down by the feet, which were pink, which were the colour of the pyjamas that Maddie was wearing that night.
 
"So for the McCanns this woman is extremely important.
 
"It's a world exclusive."
 
In addition to the new footage, the show also talks to John Ramsey, the father of murdered child beauty queen, Jon Benet Ramsey, as well as Ed Smart, the father of Elizabeth Smart, who disappeared and was found nine months later, in their first interviews about the McCann case.
 
Smart is expected to reveal a private conversation he had with Gerry McCann. It also features private investigator Joe [Joseph] Moura, a Portuguese speaker who went undercover for almost two weeks at the Praia da Luz resort. He told The CBS Early Show in New York today (fri): "I was looking for some answers in reference to the storylines that we have read and heard about.
 
"I felt that the people who worked there, the employees, would be the ones to tell us what the routines were, the timelines [were].
 
"I thought it would be critical to the investigation, that's why we went there."
 
"Everything you read in the press is nonsense, it's trash.
 
"That's why we went undercover.
 
"The employees did not want to speak to the media.
 
"They were fed up with the media. They were actually misleading the media with certain stories.
 
"With the story we went in with, we got to befriend some of these people and they told us what really went down, and specifically the routine of the 'tapas seven' and including the McCanns."
 
Van Sand said that Moura's ability to speak the language helped him uncover crucial new information.
 
Moura went on: "What's really important in this is that the Portuguese police is not allowed to divulge any information.
 
"When we work a story in the States we are able to get police reports and timelines.
 
"We have to establish a timeline.
 
"By establishing that timeline we certainly could make a determination of what could have happened and what could not have happened."

'Where's Maddie?' 48 Hours documentary (5 parts)
Part 1 (08:18)

 

Part 2 (08:57)

 

Part 3 (08:18)

 

Part 4 (07:51)

 

Part 5 (07:33)

US TV programme airs never seen before video footage of Kate and Gerry McCann, 18 November 2007
US TV programme airs never seen before video footage of Kate and Gerry McCann ShowbizSpy
 
November 18 2007
 
A US TV programme last night aired never seen before video footage of Kate and Gerry McCann in the early stages of the hunt for their missing daughter.
 
The previously unseen clips, filmed by McCann family friend John Corner, was shown on the American investigative show '48 Hours Mystery'. In the intimate footage Gerry can been seen working tirelessly on his computer putting together posters and printing them in Spanish and Portuguese.
 
The video also shows Kate doing her best to cope and shows her washing the family's laundry. Independent producer Corner, who is godfather to their two-year-old twins Sean and Amelie, told CBS reporter Peter Van Sant that the family is doing everything they can to find out more.
 
He said: "The first thing you notice is that Gerry never stops working from the moment he gets up. He's trying so hard to find Madeleine. I don't know where he gets his energy from."
 
Corner also spoke of how Kate deals with the strain of losing her daughter.
 
He said: "Kate copes by doing the day to day normal tasks - but she suffers more. Gerry can cut out the pain through working. Kate is able to face that pain head on and sometimes lets herself to be overtaken by it."
 
Gerry and Kate also told John on the video how they regret leaving Maddie alone in the apartment.
 
Gerry McCann said: "We're always left with the fact that Kate and I were not in the apartment when it happened, and we've got to face up to that."
 
Kate added: "There's not a day that goes by that I think to myself why did I think that was okay? Was I wrong in thinking that was okay? All I can think to myself is I know how much I love my children, and I know I am a responsible parent."
 
The CBS show last night aired an interview with key witness Jane Tanner who believes she was the last person to see Madeleine alive. Marketing executive Tanner, 38, from Exeter, is the first out of the group of friends who were part of dinner party with the McCanns on the night of May 3 to speak publicly.
 
She told the programme she saw a man possibly carrying the missing toddler away from the Portuguese resort of Praia Da Luz.
 
She said: "I never in a million years thought it could have been Madeleine."
 
"I was walking up the road and this man was walking across the top of the road carrying a small child."
 
Tanner, who was one of the so-called 'Tapas Nine' - says she saw the man carrying a bare-footed child wearing pink pajamas.
 
She said: "The thing that I could notice the most was that I could see her bare feet and the bottom of her pajamas."
 
Tanner said she initially thought nothing of it, but is now certain that she saw the abduction in progress.
 
"When I first saw him I thought this man looks a bit odd. "At that point I didn't think it was Madeleine being abducted."
 
She revealed that she told police what she saw that same night.
 
"As soon as the police arrived, they were brought to the apartment and I told them what I'd seen. And then the CID people arrived a little later, so I again told them exactly what I'd seen."
 
Her description led to the artist's impression distributed by the family a month ago Madeleine, four, went missing from her family's apartment on May 3, while her parents dined nearby at a tapas bar.
 
The McCanns became prime suspects in the case when Portuguese police confirmed they were being investigated after Maddie's DNA was reportedly found in their rented car. Kate's mother Susan Healy told the US programme that believes her daughter is innocent, and has nothing to do with the missing toddler.
 
She said: "I know my daughter and know how much Madeleine meant to her. My daughter had nothing to do with the disappearance of Madeleine."
 
Mrs Healy also spoke of how Kate had asked her if she would get more sympathetic press if she looked like an ordinary mother.
 
Susan revealed: "She said to me 'mum I wonder if I was heavier, with a bigger bosom and looked more maternal if I would get better press?' I think it's disgusting my daughter has had to answer those questions. She doesn't deserve this."
 
John Coroner also told of how he believes that evidence may be being planted and that when the initial DNA test on the car was suggested the McCanns believed they were closer to finding their daughter.
 
He said: " When the Renault was being taken away to be forensically tested, Kate and Gerry were massively optimistic, they thought they must have a clue or a lead. I am worried that evidence is being planted to incriminate them."
 
The show also featured US private investigator Joe Moura, a Portuguese speaker who went undercover for almost two weeks at the Praia da Luz resort to discover the truth behind Madeleine's disappearance. The show also aired some of his undercover footage he filmed while staying at the resort.
 
He explained how the McCanns were lying when they told the media that they could see the apartment door from where they were sitting at the dinner table of the tapas bar.
 
He said: "It's impossible, there's a wall, there are some hedges on the way. They would have had absolutely no possibility of seeing someone going in or out of that apartment from where they were that evening."
 
He also went on to explain their dinner routine, having spoken to staff that were working at the resort where the McCanns were staying.
 
Moura said: "Their routine was similar. They arrived at dinner and stayed there till 12.30 and that routine was being watched by someone who was fixated with Madeleine.
 
Moura goes on to add that he believes the McCanns are innocent, after speaking with staff, who observed that Kate and Gerry were behaving normally and not like they had killed their daughter.
 
He said: "People say they killed their daughter, but they were able to have dinner with friends like nothing happened. I'm not buying that - it's a crazy thought."
 
He added: "Whatever the parents are, they are not killers of their daughter. The child was abducted. It was a perfect situation - a solid routine with the parents, an apartment that wasn't locked, easy access and an easy exit."
 
Franciso Marco, a Spanish private investigator hired by a wealthy supporter of the McCanns, also claims in the programme to have answers that will explain the girl's disappearance.
 
He said: "We are 100 per cent sure she is alive. We know the kidnapper. We know who he is and we know how he has done it."
 
When pressed for details, Marco would not reveal what he in fact knew.
 
He said: I cannot reveal anything because we are still working on this case."
 
In addition to the new footage, the show also featured interviews with John Ramsey, the father of murdered child beauty queen, Jon Benet Ramsey. as well as Ed Smart, the father of Elizabeth Smart, who disappeared and was found nine months later, in their first interviews about the McCann case.
 
Smart wept on the programme as he revealed how his own daughter's disappearance led to him being the subject of smear stories in the media.
 
He said: "Many of the stories were so outrageous. It really was taking away from finding Elizabeth."
 
He also told how Gerry had called him and expressed his frustration at the Portuguese police investigation.
 
Smart said: "He said 'Ed as soon as they took whatever they thought they had in the car for DNA analysis, I felt like the investigation came to a complete halt'."
 
And relating to how Kate's lack of tears and brave face had led to a whispering campaign, John Ramsey said: "Tell me what a grieving parent looks like? I think any psychologist will tell you every person reacts differently."
 
The 48 Hours Mystery show was prepared in co-operation with the BBC and Portugal's SIC television.

Is Maddie Still Alive?, 19 November 2007

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Is Maddie Still Alive? CBS News Video
 
19 November 2007
 
A Spanish investigator claims to know the whereabouts of missing Madeleine McCann, but private investigator Joseph Moura tells Hannah Storm that he doesn't believe the claim.
 
(00:04:44)

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