Twelve years on from the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, police in Portugal are reportedly looking into a “new suspect” in the case, and investigating a “new clue”.
Per reports in the Daily Mail, authorities have received a tip-off from Scotland Yard about a foreign paedophile who was in Portugal in May 2007, when the youngster disappeared from a resort.
Local website Expresso claims that the suspect is “no stranger” to Portuguese police, and that he has been investigated prior to this, but will be considered in more detail after the latest tip-off.
Scotland Yard have said that they will not “provide a running commentary” on the investigation, although they have said that it does remain “ongoing.”
Lisbon-based newspaper Correio da Manha asked to see materials relating to the case, but prosecutors refused, on the basis that they are pursuing “active lines of investigation.”
A recent Netflix documentary put forward the theory that Madeleine McCann fell victim to human traffickers and may still be alive.
McCann’s parents Kate and Gerry refused to participate in the documentary, on the basis that it could potentially hinder the active police investigation.
Marking the recent twelve-year anniversary of their daughter’s disappearance, Kate and Gerry wrote on the Find Madeleine website:
It’s that time of year again. As much as we’d like to fast forward the first couple of weeks of May, there’s no getting around it.
The months and years roll by too quickly; Madeleine will be sixteen this month. It’s impossible to put into words just how that makes us feel. There is comfort and reassurance though in knowing that the investigation continues and many people around the world remain vigilant.
Thank you to everyone who continues to support us and for your ongoing hope and belief.
Local authorities are said to have “many doubts” that McCann remains alive after this length of time.