Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 December 2014

Portugal reopens McCann inquiry

Portuguese prosecutors are reopening the investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.
Portuguese prosecutors are reopening the investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.

Prosecutors in Portugal are reopening the police investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, after a review of evidence found new leads in the case.

The state broadcaster Radiotelevisao Portuguesa said the public prosecutor decided to reopen the case after "new indications" emerged, though it gave no details. The public prosecutor's office could not immediately be reached.

The case was closed in 2008 because authorities had detected no crime.

Madeleine McCann vanished during a family holiday in southern Portugal's Algarve region in May 2007, shortly before her fourth birthday.

A team of detectives from Porto, in northern Portugal, began reviewing the evidence almost two years ago.

British police have also been sifting through the case files in Portugal and say they have identified new avenues of investigation.

AP

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