After leaving the apartment, Gerry says he ran into another hotel guest, whom he stopped to talk to. "During that time, [a friend from dinner] went to check on her children, and it was at that point—she was just past us—she saw a man carrying a young girl," he says. "She saw me there—she'd seen that I'd just been in the apartment—so at the time she thought it was something off, but it didn't raise enough alarm bells to challenge the person with anything."
The McCanns believe that the man their friend saw was carrying Madeleine. "[Our friend] described independently the pajamas that Madeleine had on, [but] she didn't see the child's face," he says.