The Madeleine McCann case is a tragic mystery that has intrigued Europe, nowhere more so than in Praia da Luz, the Portuguese resort where the four-year-old vanished.
There, fellow Britons backed the McCanns’ decision to leave.
“I think the best thing they could have done was get back to England,” said one man.
“I think the latest developments are totally and utterly wrong and I think they have done the best thing now.”
The couple flew home from Faro Airport. There, too, English tourists offered their suport.
“I think it is very sad, to be honest. I think the police have probably got what they want,” said Duncan Wylie from Liverpool.
“They got the McCanns leaving in a cloud of suspicion and I think the big loss in all of this is that they will stop looking for Madeleine.”
By returning home to central England, Madeleine’s parents were sticking to a plan they had made before being named suspects.
The sudden shift in the investigation came after Portuguese police received results of forensic tests.
After launching a media campaign to help find their daughter, the McCanns are now asking for their privacy to be respected.
It is a plea that, for the moment, appears to have fallen on deaf ears, with massive television and press coverage of their return home.