Friday 21 October 2016

'There is always a possibility that we will find Maddy' - Investigation into 'terrible' Madeleine McCann case may finish in matter of months

Meadhbh McGrath

Published 26/04/2016 | 12:47

Madeleine McCann was three when she went missing in Praia da Luz in May 2007
Madeleine McCann was three when she went missing in Praia da Luz in May 2007
Kate and Gerry McCann
Madeleine McCann

The investigation into Madeleine McCann’s disappearance will likely come to an end in the next few months, police have said.

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The three-year-old went missing while on holiday with her parents in Portugal in 2007, but a small team of officers are still pursuing one remaining line of inquiry.

Scotland Yard chief Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said the remaining lead is one that “everybody agrees is worthwhile pursuing”, but if it does not prove fruitful, the five-year probe will “probably” finish.

Since it was formed in 2011, the size of the team has dramatically reduced in number from 30 to just three members.

Kate and Gerry McCann
Kate and Gerry McCann

The Home Office has granted the team £95,000 funding to continue the investigation for another few months.

“There’s been a lot of investigation time spent on this terrible case,” Sir Hogan-Howe said in a statement.

Read more: 'Madeleine McCann can still be found alive,' say police

“It’s a child who went missing, everybody wants to know if she is alive and if she is where is she, and sadly if she’s dead then we need to give some comfort to the family.

Madeleine McCann
Madeleine McCann

“It’s needed us to carry out an investigation together with the Portuguese and other countries have been involved.

“There is a line of inquiry that remains to be concluded and it’s expected that in the coming months that will happen.”

He added: “If somebody comes forward and gives us good evidence we will follow it. We always say that a missing child inquiry is never closed.”

Although there has been little progression in the case in recent years, the head of Scotland Yard’s murder squad, Detective Chief Superintendent Mick Duthie, remained hopeful last week

“There is ongoing work. There is always a possibility that we will find Madeleine and we hope that we will find her alive,” he said.

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