Despite thousands of leads and dozens of plausible explanations, Madeleine McCann's whereabouts remains one of the world's biggest mysteries. Since she was reported missing from a hotel room in the Ocean Club resort in Praia da Luz, Portugal, police have search tirelessly for clues in what has now become the highest profile missing person's investigation in history.
Now, twelve years on from her disappearance, Netflix is making a true crime documentary that promises to revisit the evidence collected and provide a deeper insight into her disappearance.
The upcoming series— which comes after the unbelievable success of other Netflix docos like The Staircase and Abducted in Plain Sight— was slated to be released in 2018, however, the project took an unexpected turn and is said to drop on the streaming site in April of this year.
Although the series is centred around their daughter's disappearance, Madeleine's parents Kate and Gerry have declined to appear in the upcoming series as they believe it could be detrimental to the ongoing investigation.
"We are aware that Netflix is planning to screen a documentary in 2019 about Madeleine’s disappearance," they said in a statement. "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, it could potentially hinder it."
They continued: "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."
A close family friend of the McCanns supported their decision telling the Daily Mail that, "We understand it is a serialised drama but neither Kate, Gerry nor their holiday friends and main players have co-operated in any shape or form."
The highly anticipated series reportedly cost the streaming service $37 million.