Although the missing child appears to be on fire with 10 alarms, two officers from the Guarda Nacional Republicana – a military force, but they serve as the equivalent of a U.S. city police or highway patrol – did not show up until about 11:10 p.m. it was that Madeleine had gone astray, perhaps in search of her parents, on the streets crossing the resort.
The GNR did not immediately clear the area around 5A, as the protocol often dictates a crime scene, according to numerous testimonies. As it was rumored that a little girl was missing, guests and curious antics flocked in front of (and inside) of Apartment 5A ̵
According to Collins (who in his book thanked the police and media contacts, as well as Interpol for cooperating in his investigation), when a man ran his fingers along the ledge, saying, “Nothing can be seen here,” a British freelance reporter heard and fired in response, “Well, there won’t be a bloody well now, will there?”
However, fellow vacationers helped search for Madeleine until dawn, small groups walking the streets, combing the beach and peeking into trash cans, and everywhere else, a small child could find himself, alone or by force.