Madeleine McCann Case Reopened: New Kidnapping Suspects Identified By Scotland Yard? Government Still Hopeful Years Later [REPORT]

By Staff Reporter June 17, 2013 3:14 PM EDT
Madeleine McCann has been missing for six years. Will Scotland Yard find her alive? (Photo: Scotland Yard/ Teri Blythe)
Madeleine McCann has been missing for six years. Will Scotland Yard find her alive? (Photo: Scotland Yard/ Teri Blythe)

The search for Madeleine McCann, who has been missing for the past six years, will continue, Scotland Yard has confirmed. After a two-year-review, British law enforcement has received backing from the government to keep searching for the missing now 10-year-old girl.

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Madeleine McCann's case has been reopened by Scotland Yard after British Prime Minister David Cameron recently reiterated his support for the once widely-reported mystery. According to Sky News, Scotland Yard intends to fully fund a new investigation into Madeleine McCann's disappearance six years ago. "The Home Office remains committed to supporting the search for Madeleine McCann," a government rep confirmed. After Madeleine McCann went missing from her family's vacation home in Portugal in 2007, Portuguese authorities were heavily criticized for their initial investigation, which they concluded in 2008 without any significant results. And although Scotland Yard's second search for the missing minor will still require the cooperation of Portuguese authorities, Detective Chief Superintendent Hamish Campbell remains confident that Scotland Yard's continuing efforts will soon offer some sort of resolution to the case. According to Detective Chief Superintendent Campbell, Scotland Yard has already identified a "good number" of potential kidnapping and murder suspects. It is believed that among the 20 individuals currently linked to Madeleine McCann's abduction, a large number are British citizens. Two possible suspects are known sex offenders. Madeleine McCann's parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, are grateful that British law enforcement has decided to reopen the case. Speaking to the Evening Standard, Detective Chief Superintendent Campbell admitted that he is still holding out hope that Madeleine McCann will be found alive. "You cannot exclude it," the British officer said.

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Madeleine McCann went missing a few days before her 4th birthday. The 3-year-old, who was staying with her parents at their holiday home in Portugal's Praia da Luz, was sleeping alongside her twin siblings while the McCanns went out to dinner. When Madeleine McCann's parents returned, they discovered that their daughter had disappeared. The soon-to-be four-year-old was never seen again, despite massive international media attention. Kate and Gerry McCann were quickly cleared as potential suspects in their daughter's abduction case, and have, since 2007, continued to urge investigators to follow up on any leads. In May 2011, Madeleine McCann's parents published a book describing their struggles after Madeleine went missing.

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So what really happened to Madeleine McCann? It seems Scotland Yard may soon find out. "We are encouraged by the progress we are making," a spokesperson from Scotland Yard said. "We continue to identify potential lines of inquiry." 

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