Portugal reopens case of British girl missing since 2007
The Portuguese attorney general’s office announced “new indications” that warrant a fresh look at the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, 3, from a resort more than six years ago.
Los Angeles Times
Portuguese prosecutors Thursday ordered police to reopen their investigation of the 2007 disappearance of Madeleine McCann, the 3-year-old British girl who vanished from a resort in the Algarve, local and British media reported.
British investigators reopened their own official probe in July. After distributing computer-generated images of two men wanted for questioning, they received more than 2,400 phone calls and emails with tips and fresh leads.
Portuguese authorities had declined to reopen their investigation, which was closed in 2008 without charges being brought against any suspects.
On Thursday, the Portuguese attorney general’s office announced “new indications” in the case that justified fresh investigation, the Algarve Resident newspaper reported.
Portuguese police initially considered the girl’s parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, to have been involved in her disappearance from a vacation rental apartment in Praia da Luz on May 3, 2007
Madeleine and her younger twin siblings had been left sleeping in the apartment while the McCanns dined with friends at a nearby tapas bar. Kate McCann said she discovered her daughter missing when she looked in on the children around 10 p.m. that evening, less than an hour after her husband had made a similar check.
The McCanns were eventually allowed to leave the resort more than three months after Madeleine’s disappearance to return to their home in Leicestershire. A public campaign to find the missing child continued to dominate British tabloid headlines for months, and new inquiries were opened in Britain in 2011.