Scotland Yard has released an age-progressed image of missing Madeleine
which her mother, Kate, is said to be ‘particularly pleased’ with
Portuguese police have today said they will not be reopening the inquiry
into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.
The decision follows a statement from the Metropolitan Police yesterday
saying they believe Madeleine McCann could still be alive, and that they
have identified 195 potential investigatory leads.
The Metropolitan Police also released an 'age-progressed' image showing
what Madeleine might look like as a nine-year-old.
The parents of Madeleine McCann had today responded to the new momentum
from the Metropolitan Police in the case of their missing daughter,
saying they were 'hugely encouraged.'
Kate McCann was said to be 'particularly pleased' with the
age-progressed image which she says shows a strong family resemblance.
Next week will mark five years since Madeleine went missing from her
family's Algarve holiday flat as her parents, Kate and Gerry McCann,
Yesterday, Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood, who is leading the
investigation into Madeline's disappearance, said he believed that it
was a case of stranger abduction.
He also said there were 195 "investigative opportunities."
Mr Redwood said that his team of more than 30 officers had been to
Portugal seven times, including a visit to the McCann's holiday flat in
Praia da Luz.
There have been hundreds of possible sightings and leads since the
little girl disappeared age three, last year.
The Portuguese refusal to re-examine her disappearance came today
following a statement from the family spokesman.
Clarence Mitchell said, "They (Scotland Yard) believe that it is quite
possible that Madeleine could still be alive and that is what Kate and
Gerry have said throughout the five years and they are hugely encouraged
by all of this momentum in the case."
He said that, like the British police, Mr and Mrs McCann want the case
to be reopened.
But he added such a move was "up to the Portuguese authorities".
The investigation into Madeleine's disappearance was closed by
Portuguese police in 2008 after 15 months.
The Portuguese police had said only evidence from a 'serious, pertinent
and authoritative' source would cause the investigation to be reopened.
Portuguese detectives are also thought to want the case to be reopened
but must gain judicial approval in order to do so.