Police in Portugal investigating the abduction of the British four-year-old, Madeleine McCann, are questioning a man while forensic tests are being carried out on a local villa. Portuguese television has broadcast a picture of Robert Murat who is said to be a frequent visitor to the residence which is owned by his mother. Forensic scientists entered the villa yesterday at dawn and carried out a detailed search throughout the day – it is just 150 metres away from the holiday apartment where Madeleine went missing on May 3.
Police say a number of people are currently being questioned but no one has been arrested. Earlier the parents of the missing girl, Kate and Gerry McCann, said they would not return home to the UK until their daughter was found. Despite the anxiety and extensive media attention the case has attracted, the family is trying to maintain a sense of normality – the McCanns have two other children. Rewards of nearly three million euros have been offered to anyone with information leading to the four-year-old’s safe return.