British Police to Release Photo of Suspect in Madeleine McCann Disappearance

British Police to Release Photo of Suspect in Madeleine McCann Disappearance
Kate and Gerry McCann, with artist's impression of the grown Madeleine
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10/09/2013 AT 10:00 AM EDT

Police investigating the 2007 disappearance of British toddler Madeleine McCann plan to issue an image of a possible suspect.

The computer-generated photo (called an efit) is a part of an active investigation attempting to identify a man seen near the resort hotel in Praia da Luz, Portugal, where the child was last seen while vacationing with her family the the Guardian reported Wednesday.

With the release of the new photo, Crimewatch on the BBC plan to broadcast a new appeal for witnesses on Monday. Similar appeals are set to go out in areas other tourists vacationing in Portugal at the time of Madeleine's disappearance may live, like Germany and the Netherlands.

Kate and Gerry McCann, the parents of the missing girl who would now be 10 years old, are also expected to appear on Crimewatch with Metropolitan Police Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood.



Investigators have mined mobile phone data from those in the vicinity of the McCann's vacation apartment at the time of the disappearance and have identified about 40 people of interest, even though they are now focusing on one suspect in particular.

The disappearance has drawn national attention after Madeleine's parents pressed authorities to keep looking for their daughter, who was 3 years old when she went missing. In 2011, British Prime Minister David Cameron ordered British police to open a fresh investigation after authorities in Portugal had closed it in 2008.

In July, Scotland Yard said it was possible she could still be alive.

"We have been incredibly fortunate in the last two years to have the Metropolitan Police reviewing the case and now actively investigating," Gerry McCann told PEOPLE on July 28 as he completed a charity triathlon to benefit a missing persons fund.

"It's very unlikely that someone is just going to walk up and say, 'Here she is,' " McCann added. "So you have got to chase it."



 

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