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Kate and Gerry McCann, Madeleine McCann's parents, display a poster of their missing daughter during a press conference on June 6, 2007 in Berlin, Germany. (Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)

Line of inquiry

Investigation into Madeleine McCann disappearance could end soon, say police

April 26, 2016

Investigators say they are following one last line of inquiry into the case of Madeleine McCann — the British girl who famously disappeared in 2007 at the age of three while on holiday in Portugal with her parents — but are ready to close the British case if no new evidence emerges. Talking on LBC Radio, Scotland Yard chief Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said: “There’s been a lot of investigation time spent on this terrible case. It’s a child who went missing. Everybody wants to know if she is alive and, if she is, where is she, and sadly if she’s dead then we need to give some comfort to the family.” He added: “It’s needed us to carry out an investigation together with the Portuguese and other countries have been involved. There is a line of inquiry that remains to be concluded and it’s expected that in the coming months that will happen.”

Missing child Madeleine McCann. (Handout/Getty Images)
Missing child Madeleine McCann. (Handout/Getty Images)

At one point in the investigation, some 30 officers were assigned to the high-profile case, but the team has declined drastically since then, with only a handful of policemen still working on the inquiry. The London police chief added that “a missing child inquiry is never closed,” and said that if any new evidence would  arise in the future, they would re-open the case.

Read the full story at The Guardian.