Madeleine McCann: Police To Release Photo Of SuspectBy: Tobias Roth - October 9, 2013
Madeleine McCann disappeared in 2007, and the police are still investigating the case. She was only a toddler at the time, and if she were to be found, she would now be 10 years old, as of her birthday in May. After years of searching and investigation, the police have finally announced that they will release a photo of the suspect, with the hopes that it will help people identify who it is, and find Madeline after all this time. Her parents, Kate and Gerry McCann are set to appear on Crimewatch, a television program, to accompany Metropolitan Police Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood.
The computer-generated photo is part of an active investigation attempting to identify a man who was last seen near the resort hotel in Praia de Luz, Portugal. The child was last seen at the resort when vacationing with her family. According to The Guardian, the British police investigation has identified more than 40 people of interest, but they have revealed that the inquiry team is particularly interested in one individual, who is being viewed as a likely suspect in the case. A number of sexual offenders have been identified as being in the area at the time and are being sought as persons of interest to be questioned. This information was gathered through mined mobile phone data that was obtained from people in the area of the McCann’s vacation apartment at the time of the disappearance.
Her disappearance has gained national attention after her parents continued to press the authorities to keep looking for their daughter. She was 3 years old at the time when she went missing, and her parents are determined to find her after years of her absence. They know that it is not the kind of thing where she will simply turn up, and as her father Gerry says, “You have got to chase it.”
Scotland Yard announced it July that she could still be alive and the reopening of the case came after British Prime Minister David Cameron ordered British police to reopen the case in 2011. The prime minister offered his great support for the search for the Madeline. The disappearance of the girl had been considered a closed case as of 2008, before he intervened.
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