LawFuel.com – The disappearance of Madeleine McCann transfixed the world with an investigation that raised questions and deep emotions. Now it appears that the enquiry, which closed in 2008, will continue with Police indicating that Madeleine McCann may still be alive and that the British Police believe the case could yet be solved.
The missing persons enquiry finished with the authorities saying it would only be reopened on the basis of new evidence from a “serious, pertinent and authoritative” source.
Yesterday, Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood, of the Metropolitan Police, said: “We genuinely believe there’s a possibility that she’s alive.” He added that his “open-minded” investigation was also looking into the possibility that Madeleine was dead.
His call to reopen the inquiry was based on the findings of a team of 37 detectives and staff who for nearly a year have been slowly working their way through the “vast” amount of material gathered by British and Portuguese police who investigated the disappearance in May 2007.
Madeleine was nearly four years old when she vanished while sleeping with her two siblings in the family’s holiday apartment in the Algarve resort town of Praia da Luz. The initial Portuguese police investigation failed to find any evidence that would indicate whether the young girl had been abducted or murdered. Despite hundreds of sightings, and numerous wild goose chases, there have been no confirmed sighting since that date, the Belfast Telegraph reported.
Last year, the Home Office asked Scotland Yard to conduct a review of the case after complaints from the family. They complained the government had not done enough and appealed to David Cameron to intervene in the case.
The dedicated review team – based in central London – brought together the documentation from inquiries by police from both countries. The vast cache of documents are being filed on to a central computer system along with the findings of private detectives brought in by the McCanns to help with the search. The system analyses the information and can find links where none had been spotted before.
The team of murder and missing person specialists have been told they will not investigate anything else for the “foreseeable future”. The investigation has already cost around £2m.
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