Madeleine Beth McCann was born in the city of Leicester in the United Kingdom on May 12, 2003. When she disappeared she was just three years old, with short blonde hair and blue-green eyes. She has one distinctive feature, though, that would make her easily recognizable even today – a black line on her right iris.
Madeleine’s parents, Gerry and Kate, are both practicing doctors who studied medicine at universities in Scotland. They were in their mid-twenties when their paths crossed in Glasgow in 1993. They married five years later. And after Madeleine was born in 2003, they had two more children, twins, in February 2005.
On April 28, 2007 the McCanns arrived in the village of Praia da Luz in the Algarve – a well-developed tourist destination with a slew of beach resorts on Portugal’s sweltering southern coast. In fact, Praia da Luz is so popular with British holiday-makers that it is sometimes called “Little Britain.”