McCann, father of Madeleine, has flown back to
Portugal for the first time since returning to
the UK after the disappearance of his daughter.
He will meet
his Portuguese lawyers to discuss the search,
family spokesman Clarence Mitchell said.
Rothley, Leicestershire, was nearly four when
she vanished from a holiday flat in Praia da
Luz, in the Algarve, on 3 May 2007.
Mr McCann, who
left Portugal in September 2007, will leave
He and his
wife Kate insist they will continue to believe
Madeleine is still alive until presented with
firm evidence to the contrary.
Portugal initially placed "arguido" - or formal
suspect - status on the couple but this was
lifted in July when the case was shelved as
detectives stopped actively searching for the
Mr and Mrs
McCann have since had thousands of pages from
the police files translated into English.
to painstakingly go through them and it is
understood they are being assisted by a small
team of retired senior British police officers.