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Portuguese Police Say Mother of Missing Girl Will Be Named Suspect 


Portuguese police say the mother of a missing British girl will be declared a suspect in her daughter's disappearance.

Authorities questioned Kate McCann for 11 hours Thursday. McCann is back again for more interrogation Friday, and Portuguese police are also speaking to her husband - Gerry McCann - in separate questioning.

Four-year-old Madeleine disappeared from a vacation apartment four months ago while her parents were having dinner at a nearby restaurant.

Portuguese officials have informally talked to the couple many times before. Now that the girl's mother is a formal suspect, she can refuse to answer questions.

The nature of Friday's questions is not clear. The inquiry comes after police received results from forensic testing by a British laboratory of traces of blood found in the apartment. However, they have not said what the results are.

A family friend reports that Kate McCann was stunned and disappointed at being named a formal suspect.

The McCanns have stayed mostly in Portugal since their daughter's disappearance. They have mounted a massive international media campaign to try to find her.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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