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  • Timeline The disappearance of Madeleine McCann and the aftermath... Key developments in the disappearance of Madeleine McCan  guardian.co.uk, Monday 21 July 2008 13.17 BST Thursday May 3 2007: Madeleine disappears from a holiday apartment at the Ocean Club resort in the Algarve village of Praia da Luz, while her parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, dine with friends at a nearby tapas restaurant. Friday May 4: The McCanns make an emotional plea for Madeleine's safe return, directly appealing to their daughter's abductors and speaking of their "anguish and despair". Saturday May 5: Detectives say they believe Madeleine was abducted and is still alive and in Portugal. Wednesday May 9: A Norwegian tourist, Marie Olli, says she believes she saw Madeleine at a Moroccan petrol station asking a man: "Can I see mummy soon?" On the same day, a British man reports seeing a girl matching her description near the Ibis hotel in Marrakech. Monday May 14: Police launch a search at the Portuguese home of a British expatriate, Robert Murat, 100 yards from where Madeleine disappeared. He is questioned, but not formally arrested. Tuesday May 15: Police class Murat as an "arguido", or someone who has not been arrested or charged but is being treated by police as more than a witness. He claims he is being made a scapegoat in the investigation. Thursday May 24: Madeleine's family release what is believed to be the last photograph taken of her before she disappeared. Wednesday June 6: Madeleine's parents deny any involvement in her abduction when questioned by a German journalist at a press conference in Berlin. Saturday June 16: A British couple report seeing a small blonde girl in the Maltese capital, Valletta. A full- scale investigation is launched in the wake of a number of other possible sightings. Sunday June 17: Portuguese police say Madeleine's friends and family may have unwittingly destroyed vital evidence in the first few hours after her presumed abduction, during their search for her. Monday August 6: A Portuguese newspaper reports that British sniffer dogs have found traces of blood on a wall in the apartment where Madeleine went missing. A Portuguese paper, the Jornal de Noticias, claims detectives now believe it is most likely that Madeleine is dead, having been killed accidentally. Monday September 10: Portuguese police sources suggest that DNA tests prove Madeleine's body had been in the boot of a car hired by her parents 25 days after she disappeared. Some DNA experts doubt the claims. Friday November 16: Jane Tanner, one of the McCann family's closest friends and part of the so-called Tapas Seven, says she saw a man carrying a sleeping child away from the holiday apartments 45 minutes before Kate McCann discovered her daughter was missing.  guardian.co.uk © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010
  • Putting distance with passives and other structures Rewrite the sentences in red and italics to put some distance between the speaker or writer and the information/facts. You can use the following structures: It is said/believed/claimed that… She us said/believed/claimed/thought/suspected to ……. be/have been It appears/seems that… She seems/appears to have… It seems as if/though… Examples: 1. Detectives say they believe Madeleine was abducted Madelaine is said/believed to have been abducted. 2. Madeleine's friends and family may have unwittingly destroyed vital evidence Madeleine's friends and family seem to have destroyed…