Portuguese police released a faceless e-fit of the Madeleine McCann kidnap suspect.
The controversial show about Madeleine McCann, available on the streaming service today, promises viewers a ‘detailed look’ at the disappearance of the three-year-old and the subsequent police investigation.
Detectives showed locals an e-fit of a man without a nose, eyes or mouth (left) in the week after Madeleine (right) vanished
This is the man a witness claims she saw carrying a child away from the McCann family’s holiday apartment on the night Madeleine disappeared. The artist’s impression was commissioned by the McCanns in an attempt to kickstart the hunt for their daughter
The documentary to be released today is set to broadcast new photographs said to show Maddie happily playing at Praia da Luz children’s club in 2007
The second episode of The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann reveals how officers showed the featureless e-fit drawing to those living in Praia da Luz, Portugal, in May, 2007.
Simon Russell, who owned an internet café in the resort town, said: ‘I smiled when they showed it to me. What else could you do?’
The youngster’s parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, have previously criticised the programme, saying it ‘could potentially hinder’ the search for their daughter.
Madeleine vanished from the resort of Praia da Luz in Portugal in May 2007, while on holiday with her family.
Netflix said the series had access to ‘never-before-heard testimonies from those at the heart of the story, including friends of the McCann family, investigators working the case and from those who became the subject of media speculation and rumour’.
A still from the new documentary that has promised fresh theories into the disappearance
The youngster’s parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, have previously criticised the programme, saying it ‘could potentially hinder’ the search for their daughter
Apartment 5A in Praia Da Luz in Portugal, where Madeline McCann went missing from in 2007
The youngster the day she went missing from the family’s holiday apartment in Praia da Luz
Mr and Mrs McCann previously said in a statement: ‘The production company told us that they were making the documentary and asked us to participate.
‘We did not see – and still do not see – how this programme will help the search for Madeleine and, particularly given there is an active police investigation, it could potentially hinder it.
‘Consequently, our views and preferences are not reflected in the programme.’
Scotland Yard launched an investigation, Operation Grange, after a Portuguese inquiry failed to make any headway on Madeleine’s disappearance.
In November last year, a further £150,000 was granted to the investigation to allow it to continue until March 31.
Force bosses have been applying for funding from the Home Office every six months to continue the inquiry, which has cost about £11.75 million so far.
Scotland Yard launched an investigation, Operation Grange, after a Portuguese inquiry failed to make any headway on Madeleine’s disappearance
A Christmas video made by Gerry and Kate McCann making appeal for the return of Madeleine
How the disappearance of Maddie McCann has unfolded over 11 years
May 3: Gerry and Kate McCann leave their three children, including Maddie, asleep in their hotel apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal, as they eat with friends in a nearby restaurant. When they return, they find Maddie missing from her bed
May 4: A friend of the McCanns reports of seeing a man carrying a child away in the night. Meanwhile, airports and borders are put on high alert as search gets underway
May 14: Robert Mural, a property developer who lives a few yards from the hotel, is made a suspect by Portuguese police
May 30: The McCanns meet the Pope in Rome in a bid to bring worldwide attention to the search
August 11: Police in Portugal acknowledge for the first time in the investigation that Maddie might be dead.
September 7: Spanish police make the McCanns official suspects in the disappearance. Two days later the family flies back to England
July 21: Spanish police remove the McCanns and Mr Mural as official suspects as the case is shelved
May 1: A computer-generated image of What Maddie could look like two years after she disappeared is released by the McCanns
May 12: A review into the disappearance is launched by Scotland Yard, following a plea from then-Home Secretary Theresa May
April 25: After a year of reviewing the case, Scotland Yard announce they belief that Maddie could be alive and call on police in Portugal to reopen the case, but it falls on deaf ears amid ‘a lack of new evidence’
Kate and Gerry McCann mark the fourth anniversary of the disappearance of their daughter Madeleine with the publication of the book written by her mother
July 4: Scotland Yard opens new investigation and claim to have identified 38 ‘people of interest’
October 24: A review into the investigation is opened by Portuguese police and new lines of inquiry are discovered, forcing them to reopen the case
January 29: British officers arrive in Portugal as a detailed investigation takes place. During the year, several locations are searched, including an area of scrubland near the resort
October 28: British police announce that team investigating Maddie’s disappearance is reduced from 29 officers to just four, as it is also revealed that the investigation has cost £10million
April 3: Operation Grange is handed an additional £95,000 by Theresa May to keep the investigation alive for another six months
March 11: Cash is once again pumped into keeping the investigation alive, with £85,000 granted to keep it running until September, when it is extended once again until April next year
March 27: The Home Office reveals it has allocated further funds to Operation Grange. The new fund is believed to be as large as £150,000
September 11: Parents fear as police hunt into daughter’s disappearance could be shelved within three weeks by the new Home Secretary amid funding cuts
September 26: Fresh hope in the search for Madeleine McCann as it emerges the Home Office is considering allocating more cash for the police to find her