Key eyewitness says she saw young woman acting 'suspiciously' on night Madeleine McCann disappeared

Rozina Sabur
Kate and Gerry McCann arrive for a service to mark the 10th anniversary of the disappearance of their daughter Madeleine, at St Mary and St John church in Rothley - REUTERS

A key eyewitness in the hunt for Madeleine McCann has revealed she saw a young woman standing right outside the family's apartment acting suspiciously. 

Jenny Murat, a British expat who lives a few minutes from the McCann's holiday home in Portugal’s Praia da Luz, said she is still haunted by what happened. 

Speaking publicly for the first time, the 81-year-old described what she saw on the night - now reported to be a significant part of the investigation. 

Wednesday marked a decade since three-year-old Madeleine went missing from the family's apartment, where she was sleeping with her siblings twins Amelie and Sean.

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At the time, her parents Kate and Gerry were eating dinner with friends at a restaurant around 40 yards away.  

Ms Murat told the BBC she remembered driving passed the McCann's apartment that night and seeing a young woman acting suspiciously right outside. 

"She looked like she was trying to hide from me. I do remember she was wearing a plum coloured top," she told the BBC. 

 Robert Murat was a suspect in McCann case  Credit: Geoff Pugh 

Ms Murat said she told detectives at the time but the information is now thought to be a significant part of the investigation. 

She said she also saw a brown car speeding towards the McCann's apartment  that night going the wrong way down a one-way street. "It was a small rental car," she told the BBC. 

People walk past a church in Praia da Luz where a memorial mass for Madeleine McCann will be celebrated on May 3, 2017, on the 10th anniversary of her disappearance Credit: AFP

"I saw the driver, both of us looked at each other. He had a very British look about him."

Her son Robert, 43, was investigated and then ruled out as an official suspect by Portuguese police. 

He has also spoken publicly on the anniversary of Madeleine's disappearance, saying he would like to know "the truth" and why he was a suspect.

"It didn't only leave to me being destroyed, it was my whole family," he told BBC News.

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