The mother of missing Madeleine McCann made an emotional journey back to Britain at the weekend for the first time since her daughter was abducted in Portugal on May 3.
Kate McCann, 38, of Rothley, Leics,has repeatedly said that she did not want to return home without the missing four-year-old, but made the trip back to attend a family christening.
Yesterday on her return to Portugal, where the family are now based, she described the visit as "heart-breaking" but important. "Saturday was an emotional day,"she said.
Mrs McCann travelled to England with her two-year-old twins, Sean and Amelie, and was re-united with her husband Gerry, 39, who was in London meeting police involved in the investigation.
Mr McCann, a consultant cardiologist, also met child abduction experts at the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre.
Speaking about the christening Mrs McCann said: "Gerry and I wanted to be there, to take part and to support our godchildren on one of the most important days of their lives.
But, I am sure every mother in the world will understand that it was heart-breaking for me to be with our family,yet not be with Madeleine.
"Gerry and I have returned to Portugal to continue the search for our daughter."
Robert Murat, 33, the only formal suspect, faces further questioning by Portuguese police this week. "I have had no help from the British authorities. They do not seem to care what happens to me," he said.