Madeleine McCann Case: Arrest Imminent

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An arrest is imminent in the Madeleine McCann case. Madeleine was just three years old when she disappeared from a Portuguese vacation with her family seven years ago. The case was reopened three years ago. Authorities are seeking three burglars who were active in the area during the time Madeleine was abducted, in a sting called Operation Grange.

"I'm afraid we are saying nothing about any aspect of Operation Grange whilst the police work continues, least of all about any tabloid speculation surrounding it,'' a spokesperson for Madeleine McCann's parents--Gerry and Kate McCann--said during a recent press conference.

The burglars in question were allegedly involved in crimes in the actual apartment block from which Madeleine was abducted. Investigators have pored over cell phone records from the region, during the time of Maddie's disappearance. They especially concentrated on those coming from three burglars.

Scotland Yard's Metropolitan Police Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood said during the summer when the case went from a simple inquiry back to a full-on investigation that he believes it is possible that Madeleine McCann could still be alive.

''There is no clear, definitive proof that Madeleine McCann is dead, so on that basis I still genuinely believe that there is a possibility that she is alive,'' he said.

It would indeed be a miracle if Madeleine, now 10 years old, is found.

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Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.