In a world exclusive, Scotland Yard detectives reveal their latest findings in the search for Madeleine McCann. Madeleine was abducted from her family's holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal in May 2007.
On Monday night, during a fresh appeal on Crimewatch watched by seven million people, they issued new e-fits of a man seen carrying a child from the resort the night that Madeleine disappeared. At first glance, the e-fit looks like a like a wanted poster for Mr Ordinary: the suspect is described as being white, clean shaven, of medium height and medium build, aged between 20 and 40 and with short brown hair. Such a description could arguably apply to a large section of the male population in Praia da Luz that night, and indeed much of the rest of Europe.
Madeleine McCann verschwindet 2007 aus einem Ferienappartment in Portugal. In der XY-Sendung vom 16.10. 2013 wandten sich die Eltern der Vermissten und Scotland Yard mit neuen Fragen an die Öffentlichkeit.
Portuguese police are re-opening the case of Madeleine Mccann's disappearance six after the case was closed.
Madeleine went missing from Praia da Luz in 2007
The Portuguese police are to request that the Madeleine McCann investigation be reopened, according to local media. Police in Oporto have been reviewing the case and have identified a number of issues they wish to clarify, an unnamed police source was quoted as saying.
E-fits of man police want to speak to about Madeleine's disappearance
The move to re-examine the case in Portugal comes after a fresh appeal for information was aired across Europe. The original Portuguese police investigation, which was heavily criticised in the British media, ended in 2008. Police received more than 2,400 phone calls from the public following the broadcast of a reconstruction of events leading up to three-year-old's disappearance in 2007.
A spokesman for the McCanns reportedly said the change of heart may be partly due to publicity surrounding the case after the appeal the recent discovery of an abducted blonde girl, Maria, who was found living with a Roma family in Greece. "Kate and Gerry don’t want to get their hopes up too much. But if the Portuguese do resume their investigation it would be a significant development and an important step forward," the Daily Mirror reported the spokesman as saying.
Evidence recently presented as a "breakthrough" in the hunt for Madeleine McCann was reportedly produced for her parents by a group of former spies in 2008. Kate and Gerry McCann hand-picked a team of former MI5 agents after becoming fed up with the pace and direction of the original Portuguese investigation.
The intelligence report was kept secret for five years as it was deemed "hyper-critical" of the McCanns and their friends, reports the Sunday Times. The contents were only made public after Scotland Yard investigators requested a copy when conducting a fresh review of the case. E-fits of a man seen at the time of Madeleine's disappearance shown on a special edition of Crimewatch last week and presented as new evidence are in fact from the 2008 report.
Madeleine and a computer generated image of how she may look now
One of the authors of the 2008 report said he was "utterly stunned" the evidence had been presented in such a way. Henri Exton, MI5’s former undercover operations chief, who led the group, confirmed they had been silenced by the McCanns. He said: "A letter came from their lawyers binding us to the confidentiality of the report." The Crimewatch appeal prompted thousands of calls from the public.