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Chapter 1 - The phonecall of a lifetime

Francisco Meireles, a PJ inspector who is working at the Criminal Investigation Department in Portimao, receives a call after half past 11 p.m. He is summoned to the Ocean Club, in Praia da Luz, where an English girl has gone missing.

When Meireles arrives at the OC, he sees two GNR vehicles on location, as well as the car that belongs to his chief, João Tavares. Several dozens of people were gathered near apartment 5A, which was completely lit, just like the ones above it. People are at the windows, and walking in and out of the apartment.

Meireles' chief, Joao Tavares, calls out to him. They enter the apartment, while Tavares explains the situation to Meireles. The main door to the easily accessible ground floor apartment had been left unlocked, with three children inside, while their parents had been dining at the Tapas Bar. Meireles notices that the apartment has not been isolated to preserve the traces of a possible presence of one or more abductors.

The furniture is impeccably aligned against the walls, as if someone had tried to make as much room as possible, in the center of the living room. In the bedroom, the bed where the child was sleeping is on the opposite side of the window. Under the window, there is another bed that had not been in use. Whomever entered through the window, would have left foot marks on the bed, which in that position resembled a trap. But that had not happened.

Joao Tavares phones Goncalo Amaral, the coordinator of the CID in Portimao. His presence on the scene indicates that the situation is serious, as this is not common procedure.

Meireles goes to speak with Mrs McCann. Her eyes do not meet his all the time, and she seems to be somewhat distanced from the situation, but the inspector does not make judgements, as his experience tells him that people have very different reactions under stressful situations. He remains intrigued by Kate.

Tavares and Meireles collect informal statements from the other members of the group - the Paynes, O'Brien and Tanner, the Oldfields and Mrs Webster.

They all initially transmit the notion that during the meal, they got up from the table at several occasions, to check upon the children. Meireles notices some discrepancies: while some members of the group say they checked on their own children and on the other children as well, others said each checked on their own.

Gerry, the child's father, looked more disoriented than the mother. Gerry seemed to be electrical, organising search parties to look for the child that might have walked out of the apartment on her own.

Throughout the entire scene, the twins slept undisturbed. They were eventually carried away into another apartment, and never woke up.

Tavares reappears, now in the company of Amaral and Guilhermino Encarnacao, the head of the Directory in Faro.

Francisco Meireles discovers that the child's parents have already phoned to England, asking for the intervention of friends, both within the government and the media. Guilhermino had been informed of the situation by the National Director, who had been called by the British ambassador in Portugal.

Meireles cannot help but wonder about the priorities, given the fact that those who are closer to the scene can help more rapidly than those who are far away, in the United Kingdom.
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