POLICE IN PORTUGAL are to reopen the investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann from a holiday resort six years ago.
The announcement was made by the attorney general’s office in Portugal. The original investigation by police ended in 2008.
“The attorney general’s office has decided to reopen the inquiry into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann following a request by police due to new elements,” the statement from the attorney general’s office said.
The Metropolitan Police in London said the Portuguese investigation will run in parallel with their own operation.
“This is a welcome development but both investigations [are] at relatively early stages with much work remaining to be done,” Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley of Scotland Yard said.
Police in England received more than 300 phone calls and over 170 emails after they broadcast a new appeal for information on the BBC last week.
The Crimewatch programme established a number of significant changes to the timeline of the disappearance of the 3-year-old from Praia da Luiz in 2007, including the discounting of some information which had previously been believed to be relevant to the investigation.
Additional reporting by AFP
- First published 13.30