History is an infinite and endless mosaic of human lives and destinies. Some are happy, some are tragic, while others remain veiled in mystery. The last smile, the last wave, the still-warm bed, the thunder of the ocean waves. These are often our last memories of those who disappeared without a trace. In this article, we’ll be presenting ten stories that end, not with a full stop, but with a question mark. Homicide? Kidnap? Escape? Or were far more mysterious forces at work? The loss of a loved one is always enormously painful. And even more painful if their relatives don’t have a clear answer as to what happened.
#10. There Are No Miracles
One of the most mysterious disappearances in modern history. This is how the world media has described the disappearance of a little girl named Madeleine McCann, just days before her fourth birthday.
In May 2007, Kate and Gerry McCann, a British couple, took their small daughter Madeline, and her two siblings on a holiday to Praia da Luz, a resort in the Algarve in southern Portugal. Thursday, May 5, Kate and Gerry put their children to bed, then go out for dinner with friends at the Ocean Club restaurant, just a few hundred meters from their apartment. They keep checking on the children every half- hour. At around ten in the evening, Kate goes back to the apartment to check on the children but discovers to her horror that Madeleine is missing. Her brother and sister are still asleep and the window is wide open…
The parents contact the police and resort staff at once. A massive police search is launched on a scale never before seen in Portugal. It involves hundreds of helpers, police dogs, airport closures, and endless questioning of witnesses. The investigation becomes one of the most challenging in the history of the country. The police receive multiple leads as to the possible fate of the child. An unknown man of light skin seen in the vicinity of the apartment, carrying a child. The girl’s DNA was found on an impounded vehicle or reports of sightings in Morocco and Malta. But the mystery of her disappearance is never solved.
In September 2007, even Madeleine’s parents are accused of foul play, but they are soon cleared of suspicion. A sizable reward for any information leading to Madeleine’s recovery produces nothing. In June 2008, the case is shelved due to the lack of evidence. The mystery remains unsolved. Was the girl murdered or was she kidnapped and taken to another country, where she may still be to this day?