Madeleine McCann: UK police refuse to rule out possibility child skeletal remains could be missing Maddy
Police in the UK have refused to rule out the possibility that child skeletal remains discovered in a suitcase in South Australia could be missing child Madeleine McCann.
Scotland Yard have now contacted Australian authorities over the remains and they said they 'cannot rule it out'.
This is despite the fact that Australian investigators have ruled it unlikely.
The suitcase was discovered on the side of a main road , the Karoonda Highway on July 14. The body, believed to be a young girl, was lying alongside children's clothing.
It was eight years ago yesterday that Madeleine vanished from her holiday apartment in Portugal.
No trace of the toddler has ever been found, despite an intensive police hunt and campaign by her parents.
Detectives had previously been probing 18 burglaries at tourist apartments in Praia da Luz which matched the circumstances by which they believe Madeleine was taken.
These burglaries had seen the thief gain entry to the premises via a window.
However after intensive police investigation in the case, a further ten apartments have now been included in the investigation.
Forensic evidence from these apartments is now being compared to evidence from the apartment Madeleine was staying in.
The development was revealed in new book ‘Looking for Madeleine’.
Last week her parents won a libel payout against Portuguese detective Goncalo Amaral.
He had been on trial over claims he made in a book that the couple were involved in Madeleine's disappearance.