Gerry McCann in Portugal for reconstruction video

The father of Madeleine McCann has returned to Portugal to advise private detectives filming a reconstruction of her disappearance, it was revealed today.

Family spokesman Clarence Mitchell said Gerry McCann and friends Jane Tanner and Matthew Oldfield, who were with him and his wife Kate on the night their daughter vanished, are in Praia da Luz.

The McCanns’ private investigators are making the reconstruction, which is also being filmed as part of a Channel Four 'Cutting Edge' documentary.

Viewers will see actors playing out what witnesses claim happened on the night of May 3, 2007, with witness statements read out over the top.

Negotiations are under way for the film to be broadcast on Portuguese television and across Europe, and it will be available on the Find Madeleine website.

Mr Mitchell said: “The aim of this is to get that critical piece of information that could still help to find Madeleine. Gerry has returned with that aim.

“Certain aspects of the witness testimony were hidden deep in the police files and these particular aspects have received very little attention. The private investigators feel that it is very important to highlight these things.

“It’s being done simply in the hope that it will jog someone’s memory.”

He said a man was seen acting “suspiciously” in the area two days before Madeleine disappeared, and that Ms Tanner claimed she saw a man who could have been an abductor carrying a sleeping child.

The Channel Four programme, which is due to be broadcast on May 7, will also feature interviews with Mr McCann, Ms Tanner and Dr Oldfield.

It will be aired five days before the youngster’s sixth birthday.

Channel Four commissioning editor for documentaries Mark Raphael said: “The disappearance of Madeleine McCann is one of the most harrowing unsolved crimes of recent years.

“Two years on, Kate and Gerry McCann are still searching for their daughter. We hope that this documentary and reconstruction may be able to provide vital new leads for the investigation.”

The 'Cutting Edge' documentary is being made by Mentorn Media.

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