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Madeleine McCann: Back in the spotlight... seaside village which gained unwanted infamy around the world and is still seeking closure 13 years on

Ivan Little on his visit to the resort where Madeleine went missing in 2007

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Ivan Little outside Church of Nossa Senhora da Luz in Praia da Luz

Ivan Little outside Church of Nossa Senhora da Luz in Praia da Luz

Ivan Little outside Church of Nossa Senhora da Luz in Praia da Luz

About a year ago outside the sprawling Ocean Club in Praia da Luz, my Portuguese tour guide Antonio tried to convince me that the kidnappers of Madeleine McCann would never be found.

With my eyes fixed on the white-washed holiday resort that was etched for ever in the memories of millions of people around the world, Antonio said people in this stunningly beautiful Algarve village believed the mystery of Maddie's final hours would never be solved.

Wednesday's disclosure that German police had made a breakthrough by identifying a new chief suspect in the case, which they are now treating as murder, will presumably have stunned Antonio, the fast-talking Portuguese tour guide, into a rare spell of silence.