Missing British girl's mother questioned again by Portugal police
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    LISBON, Sept. 6 (Xinhua) -- Portuguese police on Thursday again questioned the mother of missing British toddler Madeleine McCann in Portimao, southern Portugal.

    Four-year-old Madeleine disappeared from an Ocean Club tourist complex apartment in Praia da Luz village on the Algarve on May 3 while sleeping next to her two younger brothers.

Kate McCann, mother of missing British girl Madeleine, arrives at the criminal police headquarters in Portimao, southern Portugal September 7, 2007. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
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    Kate McCann, the girl's mother, showed up at the judicial police office at 14:00 local time (1400 GMT) accompanied by her husband Gerry, who did not enter the building.

    Kate made declarations again about her daughter's disappearance.

    "We came to Portugal being a family of five people and we expect to return home together," a spokesman for the McCanns said shortly after Kate entered the police office.

    "We want to know what happened on May 3," the spokesman added.

    Police in Portimao have recently changed their hypothesis from kidnap to murder, based on conclusions of the analysis of biological remains found in the apartment and death odors detected by British dogs there.

    Portuguese police seem to be satisfied with the partial results that reinforce the death-theory.

    "We ask whoever took her or whoever knows who did it to liberate her or call the police," the McCanns' spokesman said. "Kate is a loving and concerned mother."

    British citizen Robert Murat has been the only suspect during the four months since Madeleine's disappearance. Murat lives a few meters away from where the girl was last seen.

    Murat remains free as investigations in his home have not revealed sufficient evidence to arrest him.

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