Madeleine McCann 2011 Review Progress: Credible Hope?
It hardly seems believable that it is now over 4 years since little Madeleine McCann disappeared from a holiday apartment in Portugal. Despite the length of time that has passed many people still think of her and hope that eventually there may be a happy reunion. Today we have heard that progress is being made in the review of the case by police.
It was May 2007 that Madeleine vanished from a flat in Praia da Luz in the Algarve when she was only three years old. She has never been traced and we still don’t know the circumstances that led to her disappearance. A massive investigation took place by Portuguese police with Leicestershire police assistance but despite worldwide media attention and many different leads and potential sightings the nightmare for her parents, Gerry and Kate McCann, goes on.
The investigation into Madeleine’s disappearance was officially shelved in 2008. However in May this year a review into the case was launched after backing from the Prime Minister and Home Secretary Theresa May and it is believed that up to 30 officers are working on the Madeleine case. It was thought that most of the review would be paper-based but it is now reported that Scotland Yard detectives looking for new lead have made at least three trips to Portugal. Last month a team also made a three-day trip to Barcelona for talks with Spanish police.
Yesterday police sources confirmed, “We are making progress” according to the express.co.uk. Gerry and Kate McCann also acknowledged the news and praised police efforts yesterday (Monday) by saying, “We are pleased the review is making progress.” It is believed that the three-man team from Scotland Yard’s Operation Grange squad who visited Spain between November 23 and 25 spoke about an earlier line of inquiry that suggested Madeleine might have been kidnapped and taken across the border into Spain by a paedophile gang. This followed several potential sightings of the missing child in the days that followed her disappearance. We’re also informed that the trip was to lay the groundwork for further communications with police in both Portugal and Spain.
Sky News speculates on the police visit to Barcelona suggesting that it may be connected with a sighting of a Victoria Beckham look-alike there who was spotted outside a restaurant asking somebody, “Have you got the girl?” At this point though that is purely conjecture. It is not known that there has been any kind of major breakthrough but a Scotland Yard spokeswoman said yesterday, “The review continues. There has been very good co-operation with Portuguese authorities and liaison will continue. We are not prepared to discuss specific details of these visits nor speculate about any future deployments to Portugal or elsewhere.” The review caused a certain amount of consternation with some politicians pointing out that the Operation Grange team reviewing Madeleine’s case was completely committed to that one investigation whereas other teams had to handle several cases at once. However, Madeleine’s parents remain convinced that a major breakthrough may still occur from it.
When the review was announced Gerry and Kate McCann wrote on the Find Madeleine website about their gratitude for the “highly valuable procedure” and called it a “major step forward.” The couple also makes it clear that they will never give up hope of finding Madeleine saying, “There is absolutely nothing to suggest that Madeleine has been harmed. Madeleine is still missing and someone needs to be looking for her. She is very young and vulnerable and needs our help. We love her dearly and miss her beyond words.” You can view a poignant video of the McCann family four years on, below this story.
We still find Madeleine’s disappearance sad beyond words and although we can understand the controversy about the amount of resources being poured into the review of her case, it would be extremely harsh to deny any chance of finding Madeleine to her parents. We’d like to hear your thoughts on this. Do you think that the review could credibly turn up something new? Let us have your comments on this.
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