September 08, 2007
By Sky News Crime Correspondent Martin Brunt
For a few hours I thought we had come to Portugal on a bum steer.
It didn't take long for our tip about "a major development" to prove accurate.
Didn't think it would be this big ... the McCanns becoming suspects in their daughter's death - not her disappearance, but her death.
That's how the detectives put it to the couple in their questions.
It's clear the police are convinced Madeleine is dead. It's the first time we've heard that.
What happens next? If the evidence is good enough they should be arrested and charged.
If they are not, will they continue with plans to leave for Britain?
Might that be seen as them running away with the cloud of suspicion swirling around their heads?
And might that just suit the Portuguese for whom the continuing presence of the family is a constant reminder that something horrible happened in a popular tourist resort?
Clearly, if the McCanns stay, they may not get quite the level of support they have encountered as they move around Praia da Luz.
Their appearances at the police station attracted quite a crowd of gawpers, some of them shouting accusations at the couple.
The.police believe they know much more about what happened ... that Madeleine died accidently, but they seem no closer to knowing where she is.