Madeleine McCannBMJ 2007; 334 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39231.432211.59 (Published 31 May 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:1168
- Des Spence, general practitioner, Glasgow
At the time of writing Madeleine McCann is still missing.
I became vaguely aware of the story of the 4 year old girl who went missing while on holiday in Portugal from a crackling radio bulletin. I had an odd sense of unease, but it wasn't until the phone rang—“That's Gerry's daughter”—that the penny dropped. I was at university with Madeleine's father. As the media story took off, my children bombarded me with questions, but I just didn't know what to say. The next day I pulled into a local garage. After sifting through all the banal birthday cards I eventually …