In May 2007, Kate and Gerry McCann were British doctors on vacation with their three children in the Portuguese coastal town of Praia da Luz. Over the course of their week-long trip, the group of friends the McCanns were with had established an evening routine. While their children slept in their rented apartments, the parents would have dinner at a tapas restaurant in the resort, 180 feet away. The adults took turns to check on the children every half hour or so. On the night of May 3, Kate McCann got up at about 10 p.m. and went into her children’s room. Madeleine’s blanket and her favorite stuffed animal, a fuzzy pink toy named Cuddle Cat, were sitting on top of her bed, but Madeleine was gone.