With the global publicity over missing Madeleine McCann it is easy to overlook the actual events which led to the discovery that she was not in the family apartment, where she had been left asleep with her twin sisters - all them the result of IVF treatment.
Sunday Telegraph 7/5/07
"There was confusion yesterday over early reports that there had been a break-in at the McCanns' two-bedroom, ground-floor apartment at Ocean Club, a resort run by the Mark Warner travel company.
Trish Cameron, Mr McCann's sister, said on Friday that she received a telephone call from her brother, who was "hysterical and crying his eyes out".
She said: "They had put the kids to bed at 7pm and checked on them every half-hour as they had dinner nearby with the rest of the party. Gerry said the window was open, the shutters broken and the door, which had been locked, was hanging open."
But Robin Crossland, the administrator of the resort said he had been present when the McCanns were first interviewed by police soon after Maddy vanished. "They clearly said that they had left the French windows unlocked as they were using them to access the apartment to check on the children throughout their meal," he said."
Daily Mail 6/5/07
"In a robust defence of his force's response. Guilhermino Encarnicao, director of the judicial police, said officers were on the scene on Thursday within five minutes of a 10.40pm call."
Now the received wisdom in every report is that Madeleine has been "abducted" for which - if there is any evidence - the police have not disclosed the reasons for pursuing "suspects".
Of course if the child woke and went (as many children do in the night) go looking for their mum, she may have wandered off and been lost, hid herself, ended up inthe sea - and despite the lengthy search simply remains undiscvered.
Increasingly it seems that under UK and US law (and many other countries) leaving children in such circumstances would count as "reckless endagerment" or "negligence" - it is impossible to believe from conversations we have had that if Madeleine had been lost under these circumstances in the UK, the Social Services would be taking a very close , detailed and active interest.
Pic was taken by Lord Patel in May 1968 when he spent some time working on the Flora of Portugal and just before a he caught the bus from Lisbon to Paris to be in time for Les Evenements de Mai. It is of a small chapel near Priaia da Roche. For the techies it was a Kodachrome slide taken with a Voigtlander Vito I with built in semi -automatic exposure through the viewfinder
UPDATE 28/5/07 7.30pm
One mystery solved is why a small and inexperienced web design company in Ullapool , Infohost set up the "official" Madeleine site.
"Madeleine's Aunt, Phil McCann, is a teacher in Ullapool and she contacted us and asked if we could do a website for Madeleine.
We were more than happy to oblige. We had a basic site up and running on the internet within a day. "
Sky News Online Inside The Website Engine Room - By Calum MacRae / Wednesday May 23, 2007