Ana Paula Rito is one of three powerful Portuguese women now heading their side of the investigation. The British side is now being headed by a woman also, DCI Nicola Wall.
|Ana Paula Rito|
A few days after Madeleine vanished from flat 5a of the Ocean Club in Praia da Luz, a British man came forward with his concerns about the couple and was interviewed by Portuguese detectives.
On the night of the abduction the man was closing his video rental shop just a few streets away from the apartment.
At 10.45pm, 45 minutes after Kate McCann had discovered that her daughter was missing, he noticed the Brazilian woman, aged about 25, driving past his shop in a red car.
He told police there was a dog in the front seat and the woman driver kept looking at something on the back seat which he could not see.
Her partner, a bald Brazilian man in his early 40s, had worked on a local farm but was fired after some machinery was damaged and later worked at Lagos marina, about four miles from Luz doing boat repair work.
The couple, who were staying on a yacht at the marina left shortly after the disappearance and have not been seen again.
|Portuguese Police and Madeleine|
On Friday expatriate British businessman Robert Murat was re-interviewed for several hours, the last of 10 witnesses to be seen.