07:23 PM EDT 01/15/2014
Originally posted 01/14/2014 07:00AM
In what is being called a breakthrough in a long and frustrating crime, British Metropolitan Police are said to be targeting three burglars for their possible involvement in the 2007 disappearance of British girl Madeleine McCann, who was snatched from her hotel room in the Portuguese town of Praia da Luz on May 3, 2007.
Originally posted 10/14/2013 08:30AM
Six years later, the hunt continues.
British police have released two photofits of the man sought for questioning about the disappearance of the nearly 4-year-old Madeleine McCann, who was snatched from her hotel room in the Portuguese town of Praia da Luz on May 3, 2007.
The computer-generated pictures are based on descriptions provided by new witnesses who claim to have seen the man on the night of Madeleine's disappearance.
Metropolitan Police describe him as white, between 20-40 years old, with short brown hair, of medium build, medium height and clean shaven.
On Monday, investigators in the case plan to make another appeal to the public on the BBC program Crimewatch, which is set to air in the U.K., the Netherlands and Germany.
Originally posted 10/09/2013 10:00AM
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.
Originally posted 08/08/2013 09:30AM
As Scotland Yard investigators prepare to head to Portugal to take the next step in their investigation of Madeleine McCann's disappearance, her father says he is grateful for the work they've already done.
"We have been incredibly fortunate in the last two years to have the Metropolitan Police reviewing the case and now actively investigating," McCann told PEOPLE July 28, shortly after finishing the Virgin Active London Triathlon to raise money for the charity Missing People.
"It is very unlikely that someone is just going to walk up and say, 'Here she is,' " he says. "So you have got to chase it."
Originally posted 07/04/2013 11:30AM
After the announcement that Scotland Yard would reopen and fully fund the search for Madeleine McCann, who disappeared in 2007 while sleeping in her Praia da Luz hotel room in Portugal, investigators said Thursday that they are now examining 38 people of interest.
Among the group of potential suspects – stemming from several European countries – are 12 British nationals that were all believed to be in Portugal at the time McCann went missing.
Originally posted 06/17/2013 08:50AM
After a two-year review, Scotland Yard says it will reopen and fully fund a new investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, the British girl who vanished from her family's vacation apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal, in 2007.
That review comes after the intervention of British Prime Minister David Cameron, whose spokeswoman on Monday reiterated renewed support for the once-widely reported case, according to Britain's Sky News.
"The Home Office remains committed to supporting the search for Madeleine McCann," says the rep.
Originally posted 04/25/2012 09:35AM
Missing Madeleine McCann may still be alive, according to British detectives leading the investigation, who revealed Wednesday that they are pursuing "promising" new lines of inquiry.
According to Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood, who's heading a team of 35 officers, after combing through nearly 100,000 pages of evidence, they hope to persuade Portuguese authorities to reopen the case.
Redwood says they are about one quarter of the way through and, so far, have discovered, "some other very promising lines of inquiry – which is very good for the future."
Originally posted 05/12/2011 07:30AM
Madeleine McCann's parents are marking her 8th birthday Thursday with a new book and renewed vows that their missing daughter will not be forgotten.
In the book, simply called Madeleine, Kate McCann describes the moment she entered the British family's rental apartment in Praia de Luz, Portugal, at 10 p.m. on May 3, 2007, and realized Madeleine's bed was empty.
Seeing the windows open, Kate writes that she felt "nausea, terror, disbelief, fear. Icy fear," and said to herself: "Dear God, no! Please, no!"
Originally posted 05/25/2010 11:30AM
Investigators are set to meet with a middle-aged Portuguese man who has come forward with a possible clue in disappearance of Madeleine McCann.
Carlos Moreira, 65, told Britain's Sun that he saw a blonde girl asleep in a white van near Lisbon, Portugal, a day after McCann went missing on May 3, 2007.
"She was wearing a two-piece pajama set, pink and white or yellow," he told the newspaper, adding that she was "lying on a pile of clothes in the back."
"She moved one of her fingers but she was deeply asleep," he said. "When the van door was opened, she did not wake up as if she was drugged."
Originally posted 05/03/2010 07:45AM
Gerry and Kate McCann are thanking supporters and vowing to continue their search for daughter Madeleine as they mark the third anniversary of her disappearance while on holiday in Portugal.
A note posted to findmadeleine.com this weekend reads: "Thank you to everyone who has stayed with us during the past three years – hoping, praying and supporting our efforts to find Madeleine and bring her home. We know we couldn't have achieved as much as we have without this help.
"Milestones and anniversaries are never easy, but the work to find our little Madeleine will continue regardless, with the same determination and tenacity as it always has and for as long as it takes.
"It might be three years without Madeleine but it certainly doesn't feel like we're at the end of the line – far from it.
"Madeleine. Still missing, still missed, still looking!"
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