Detectives searching for new leads in the 2007 disappearance of Madeleine McCann have received 5,000 calls.appearing on the BBC’s Crimewatch programme tonight, Mr Redwood said : "The media appeals produced a fantastic response from the public in all three countries with a total of 3,500 calls and messages in the UK, 850 to Germany, and 650 in Holland. Lots of people have called to say they were in Praia da Luz at the time. All of this information has obviously produced a very large volume of work for the Operation Grange team to work through. I have been in Faro this week working with police colleagues, and I know the appeal generated a large number of calls to the Portuguese police also. I’d like to thank the media and the public for their continued assistance in this challenging enquiry."
Portuguese prosecutors have ordered police to reopen their investigation into the six-year-old disappearance of British girl Madeleine McCann after a review of the evidence found new leads, authorities announced Thursday. The public prosecutor’s office in Lisbon said the decision was made after “new indications” emerged during a case review. It gave no further details.
In London, Scotland Yard said the Portuguese prosecutor’s decision “follows the discovery of new lines of enquiry as a result of an internal review of their original investigation” by the Portuguese police. It said the Portuguese investigation will run parallel with British police efforts to find out what happened to the girl who vanished shortly before her fourth birthday during a family vacation in southern Portugal in May 2007.
The parents of Madeleine McCann were given ‘great hope’ tonight after a mystery blonde girl allegedly snatched from her family was found living with gypsies. Greek authorities requested international help to identify a four-year-old girl found living in a camp with a couple and 13 other children. Police believe up to 10 more of the youngsters may be the victims of an international trafficking ring. The girl, known only as ‘Maria’, was found on Wednesday near Farsala in central Greece during a nationwide crackdown on illegal activities by Roma, also known as Gypsies.
Kirsty Young presents the latest findings and informaiton in the search for Madeleine McCann, the then-three-year-old abducted from her family’s holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal in May 2007. A reconstruction reveals what the new British investigation has discovered about that night, and Kate and Gerry McCann talk about their renewed hopes of finding their daughter.
A new E-fit of a possible suspect in Madeleine McCann’s disappearance is set to be released by detectives, it has been claimed. Police are refusing to confirm the development, reported by Sky News, but there are suggestions the image may be released in a new Crimewatch appeal into the case on Monday.
Scotland Yard officers are analysing data from phones belonging to people in the village at the time - 41 people of interest have been identified. Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood, who is leading the inquiry, said officers were examining a “substantial amount of data” from thousands of mobile phones thought to belong to people who were in the resort of Praia da Luz in the days just before, during and after Madeleine’s disappearance.
Mrs McCann is in Portugal where she attended the first hearing of the family’s libel action against Goncalo Amaral - the former detective who made allegations about Madeleine’s disappearance.
Mr Amaral’s accusations are strongly denied by the McCanns who claim his book has damaged the hunt for their missing daughter and exacerbated the anguish suffered by her relatives.
Speaking to the press, Mrs McCann said: “I’m here today for Madeleine and obviously I strongly hope for justice. I’m here to stop the damage that has been caused and is still being caused, both directly and indirectly, to the search for our daughter.”
Portugal police have assembled a new team of detectives to assist Scotland Yard’s investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, the British toddler who went missing in Portugal six years ago. The newly assembled Portugal team will make inquires and question witnesses on behalf of Scotland Yard. British police launched a new investigation into Madeleine’s disappearance in July and believe she may still be alive, having found no evidence to prove otherwise. British detectives decided to open a new case after uncovering what they said was new evidence from reviewing 30,000 documents and carrying out new witness interviews.
Detectives are targeting 12 British potential suspects as they launch a new investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. A Metropolitan Police team says they are among 38 “persons of interest” in the case and they are working on the assumption that Madeleine - aged three when she went missing in 2007 - may still be alive.