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Last Updated: Wednesday September 12 2007 14:19 GMT

Madeleine - the story so far

Madeleine McCann

It's more than four months since Madeleine McCann went missing while on holiday with her family in Portugal.

Her parents said they'd been having dinner at a nearby restaurant and were checking on Madeleine and her little brother and sister every half hour.

When they discovered she was missing, a massive search started and police across Portugal and the rest of Europe, have been looking for her ever since.

But what's happening now?

Madeleine's family

Madeleine's parents, Kate and Gerry, have always said they have no reason to believe their daughter is dead.

Madeleine's parents
Madeleine's parents, Gerry and Kate
They stayed in Portugal while the search for Madeleine continued, only returning to the UK on 9 September after being named as suspects in the case.

Under Portuguese law, being named as suspects does not necessarily mean Kate or Gerry McCann were involved in Madeleine's disappearance.

But it allowed police to ask her mum and dad more questions and also gave the couple more legal rights.

Both say they've had nothing to do with Madeleine's disappearance and described recent developments in the case as "an unending nightmare".

What happens next?

All the information police have collected about Madeleine's disappearance has been passed to a judge in Portugal.

The judge has got 10 days to study all the information and decide what should happen next.

That includes making a decision about whether Madeleine's mum or dad should be charged in connection with their daughter's disappearance.

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