Kate and Gerry McCann are
said to be 'hugely encouraged' by Scotland Yard's ongoing
review of the case
Kate and Gerry McCann will mark the fifth anniversary of their daughter
Madeleine’s disappearance this week amid renewed hopes that she will be
The couple are said to be “hugely encouraged” by Scotland Yard’s ongoing
review of the case, which has identified nearly 200 potential leads.
But the Portuguese authorities have so far refused to reopen their
investigation into how the little girl vanished on a family holiday to
the Algarve on May 3 2007.
The McCanns, from Rothley, Leicestershire, have no plans to return to
Portugal for the anniversary, and will mark the sad landmark on Thursday
privately with family and friends.
Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood, the officer leading Scotland
Yard’s review, spoke last week of his belief that the case can still be
solved and launched a fresh appeal for information.
His team of 37 officers have sifted through 40,000 pieces of information
and identified 195 “investigative opportunities”.
Mr Redwood believes Madeleine was a victim of stranger abduction and
says there is evidence she could still be alive. He said the
Metropolitan Police would like the case to be reopened, but stressed
that the decision was one for Portugal.
“What we are not doing is just passively passing through material. We
are actively seeking to bring closure in this case,” he said.
However, Pedro do Carmo, deputy national director of the Policia
Judiciaria, Portugal’s CID, responded: “So far, no new element has been
found that might provide the basis for a reopening of the
Madeleine was nearly four when she vanished from her family’s holiday
apartment in Praia da Luz in the Algarve as her parents dined with
friends at a tapas restaurant nearby. Despite a massive police
investigation and huge publicity worldwide, she has not been found.