A new documentary launching on Netflix on Friday will attempt to answer what happened to missing British toddler Madeleine McCann, while making a series of sensational claims.
A trailer for the documentary The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann launched overnight, giving audiences a glimpse of what could be exposed about the world’s most famous missing child case.
“If you made a dozen movies out of this, nobody would believe them,” one investigator says in the preview.
Another adds: “I’ve done thousands of cases. With the Madeline case, I’ve seen the worst things a human being can see. The worst.”
One suspect appears in the documentary and claims that police wanted him to confess to taking the toddler.
“I actually felt I was being set up,” he says.
Another person adds “this could be the breakthrough”, while a voice over claims that statistically, someone in close proximity to Madeleine was likely responsible for her disappearance.
There are also claims that police leaked information to the press, while the area where Madeleine went missing was known for its high number of sexual predators and that human trafficking was a huge problem.
“The value that Madeline had was really high,” one person says.
According to an exclusive report by British tabloid The Sun, the documentary will claim that Madeleine is still alive, but Starts at 60 has not been able to independently verify this is the case. Meanwhile, Netflix released a statement about the highly anticipated documentary.
“It was a disappearance that reverberated across the world as the Portuguese police together with Scotland Yard mobilised a major investigation which would go on to become the most high-profile missing child case in British history,” Netflix said in a statement. “By blending new interviews with more than 40 contributors, 120 hours of interviews, archival news footage and reenactments, The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann goes beyond the headlines and takes a unique look at the facts of the case as well as its impact on media standards around the world.”
As for Madeleine’s parents Kate and Gerry McCann, they have confirmed they will not appear in the documentary.
“‘We are aware that Netflix are planning to screen a documentary in March 2019 about Madeleine’s disappearance. The production company told us that they were making the documentary and asked us to participate,” they confirmed on the Find Madeleine website. “We did not see and still do not see how this programme will help the search for Madeleine and, particularly given there is an active police investigation, could potentially hinder it.
“Consequently, our views and preferences are not reflected in the programme. We will not be making any further statements or giving interviews regarding this programme.”
The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann will debut on Netflix this Friday.