Netflix’s latest true-crime documentary focuses on the decade-long mystery of a British girl named Madeleine McCann after she mysteriously vanished during a vacation in Portugal with her family. Young Madeleine was just 3 years old when she disappeared from her bed in a Portuguese resort back in 2007.
A new Netflix true-documentary titled The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann explores the possibilities of what might have happened the day she went missing. Several reports have indicated that the police have looked at different suspects connected with the young girl’s disappearance, including her own two parents, Kate and Gerry McCann.
Statistics have proven that in cases similar to this one, it’s likely to be someone who is in close proximity with the child, like a family member or a friend.
During their Portuguese vacation, the McCanns traveled with Madeleine and her two-year-old twin siblings. Her disappearance occurred the night of May 3, 2007. The little girl mysteriously vanished from her bed inside a vacation apartment in Praia de Luz, a popular resort in the Algarve region of Portugal. Local media outlets have since described the disappearance as one of the most “heavily reported missing-person cases" in modern history. To this day Madeleine’s whereabouts remain unknown.
The docuseries explores the many possibilities of what could have happened to the young girl the night she went missing. It’s been 11 years and 10 months since she was last seen. Her parents have used a number of different private detectives to help track her own. The Scotland Yard opened up its own inquiry, called Operation Grange, back in 2011.
Madeleine’s disappearance has attracted worldwide attention and interest and has even gotten as much coverage as Princess Diana’s death back in 1997. One investigator says in the trailer that he’s done thousands of cases during the course of his career, but with the Madeleine case, he’s never seen anything like it.
At the end of the trailer, many people connected to the case bring up the possibility of human trafficking. The trailer says how “one startling element is the sheer number of sexual predators in the area at the time.”
The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann debuts on Netflix today; Friday, March 15th.