Madeleine McCann: Search For Missing Girl Reopens In PortugalBy: Val Powell - June 4, 2014
The search for Madeleine McCann is reopened once again.
About 30 searchers will be digging in the area where the girl disappeared seven years ago.
British police will be spearheading the search for the girl, who was only a few weeks shy of celebrating her fourth birthday when she went missing.
On Monday, press people gathered outside a restricted section of Praia da Luz, the beach resort town where Madeleine was last seen. A source has mentioned that a blue tent will be covering the area and dogs are going to be brought in to aid in the search.
“It should not be assumed that this substantial upcoming phase of work in Portugal will immediately lead us to the answers that will explain what has happened. What you will see is normal police activity you would expect in any such major investigation,” mentioned Assistant Commissioner, Mark Rowley, who is head of specialist crime and operations about the search for Madeleine.
On May 3rd 2007, Madeleine’s parents, Gerry and Kate McCann, left her and her twin siblings sleeping inside their apartment as the couple went to dinner with their friends at a nearby tapas restaurant. The couple took turns checking on their children every 30 minutes, but at around 10 pm, Kate found out that her eldest daughter was missing.
Police sources also mentioned that it’s highly likely that the search will be expanded to other areas of the resort within this week. However, there is a chance that the search might be called off if there are no significant discoveries by Friday.
Eight months ago, a TV appeal was done and spurred a lot of phone calls about new leads regarding possible suspects and some potential clues that sparked the interest of detectives to rekindle the case once more.
In 2008, Portuguese police closed the case, stating that no crime has ever taken place. However, last year, a judge in Lisbon decided to reopen the investigation, as new leads that emerged might finally solve the case.
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