Netflix documentary The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann is set to reveal a haunting new image said to show the three-year-old just days before she went missing.
In the picture, below, a young girl in a pink dress and white hat is shown happily playing at Praia da Luz children’s club with other children and an adult.
The new documentary, which airs tomorrow, promises to reveal fresh theories into the case of the English girl who has been missing for nearly 12 years.
She was left sleeping with her two siblings as her parents, Kate and Gerry McCann dined at a resort restaurant in 2007.
A documentary to be released tomorrow morning is set to broadcast new photographs said to show Maddie happily playing at Praia da Luz children’s club in 2007
The documentary will be released on Netflix and can be viewed in the UK from 8am tomorrow. It is believed to feature 40 experts and key figures linked to the case.
Also featured is Brit tourist Neil Berry, who was staying at the Ocean Club in Praia da Luz when the blonde youngster went missing.
The Sun revealed he told producers that his daughter Jessica became good friends with Madeleine at the resort’s children’s club.
Still from the new documentary that has promised fresh theories into the girl’s dissapearance
Photo of missing Madeleine McCann who vanished from Praia da Luz in Portugal in May 2007
The youngster the day she went missing from the family’s holiday apartment in Praia da Luz
Apartment 5A in Praia Da Luz in Portugal, where Madeline McCann went missing from in 2007
He said: ‘They were of a similar age and they became thick as thieves.’
Mr Berry recollected that his daughter lost her straw hat in the sea before Madeleine launched herself into the water to recover it for her friend.
Experts featured in the documentary also reveal that there is still hope to find Madeleine, who will turn 15 in May.
Parents of the missing girl, Kate and Gerry McCann, present their new book at a hotel in Hamburg
Jim Gamble, the top child protection cop in the UK’s first Maddie investigation, says: ‘I absolutely believe that in my lifetime we will find out what has happened to Madeleine McCann.
‘There’s huge hope to be had with the advances in technology. Year on year DNA is getting better. Year on year other techniques, including facial recognition, are getting better.
Julian Peribanez, the private investigator hired by the McCanns, revealed that Madeleine is likely to have been kept alive by child traffickers because, as a pretty middle-class British girl, she would be more financially valuable.
Christmas video made by Gerry and Kate McCann making appeal for the return of Madeleine
‘They usually go for lower-class kids from third world countries — that’s the main supplier of these gangs.
‘The value that Madeleine had was really high because if they took her it’s because they were going to get a lot of money,’ he said.
The documentary is an eight-part series.
How the disappearance of Maddie McCann has unfolded over 11 years
May 3: Gerry and Kate McCann leave their three children, including Maddie, asleep in their hotel apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal, as they eat with friends in a nearby restaurant. When they return, they find Maddie missing from her bed
May 4: A friend of the McCanns reports of seeing a man carrying a child away in the night. Meanwhile, airports and borders are put on high alert as search gets underway
May 14: Robert Mural, a property developer who lives a few yards from the hotel, is made a suspect by Portuguese police
May 30: The McCanns meet the Pope in Rome in a bid to bring worldwide attention to the search
August 11: Police in Spain acknowledge for the first time in the investigation that Maddie might be dead.
September 7: Spanish police make the McCanns official suspects in the disappearance. Two days later the family flies back to England
July 21: Spanish police remove the McCanns and Mr Mural as official suspects as the case is shelved
May 1: A computer-generated image of What Maddie could look like two years after she disappeared is released by the McCanns
May 12: A review into the disappearance is launched by Scotland Yard, following a plea from then-Home Secretary Theresa May
April 25: After a year of reviewing the case, Scotland Yard announce they belief that Maddie could be alive and call on police in Portugal to reopen the case, but it falls on deaf ears amid ‘a lack of new evidence’
Kate and Gerry McCann mark the fourth anniversary of the disappearance of their daughter Madeleine with the publication of the book written by her mother
July 4: Scotland Yard opens new investigation and claim to have identified 38 ‘people of interest’
October 24: A review into the investigation is opened by Portuguese police and new lines of inquiry are discovered, forcing them to reopen the case
January 29: British officers arrive in Portugal as a detailed investigation takes place. During the year, several locations are searched, including an area of scrubland near the resort
October 28: British police announce that team investigating Maddie’s disappearance is reduced from 29 officers to just four, as it is also revealed that the investigation has cost £10million
April 3: Operation Grange is handed an additional £95,000 by Theresa May to keep the investigation alive for another six months
March 11: Cash is once again pumped into keeping the investigation alive, with £85,000 granted to keep it running until September, when it is extended once again until April next year
March 27: The Home Office reveals it has allocated further funds to Operation Grange. The new fund is believed to be as large as £150,000
September 11: Parents fear as police hunt into daughter’s disappearance could be shelved within three weeks by the new Home Secretary amid funding cuts
September 26: Fresh hope in the search for Madeleine McCann as it emerges the Home Office is considering allocating more cash for the police to find her