Speaking to the media today, Brian Kennedy, a great-uncle of Madeleine, defended the McCanns. "The notion that either of them would or could harm one of their children is ludicrous," he said.
"Their family and friends support them totally and we are sure that everyone else who has been kind in their letters and prayers, and financially, will continue to believe in them and hope for a speedy and just outcome to the present situation."
"Anyone who knows anything about the 3rd May knows that Kate is completely innocent," wrote McCann's husband, Gerry. "We will fight this all the way and we will not stop looking for Madeleine."
McCann is the second suspect in the case, along with Robert Murat, 33, a Briton who lives in Portugal. Murat was not charged or arrested.
McCann was released today without charges. The police are now said to be focusing on Gerry McCann.