Seven years since Madeleine McCann disappeared Jun 7, 2014 5:21:56 GMT
Post by Admin on Jun 7, 2014 5:21:56 GMT
Kate and Gerry McCann say they are "encouraged by the progress" being made by search teams in Portugal close to where their daughter Madeleine went missing. Writing on their Official Find Madeleine Campaign Facebook page, the couple said: "We are kept updated on the ongoing work in Portugal and are encouraged by the progress.
Police searching an area of scrubland in Praia da Luz have begun looking inside drains for any clues about her disappearance. At least three manhole covers were pulled up and mini cameras dropped into underground pipes, on the fourth day of the search by officers from Britain. Sniffer dogs started hunting for evidence at first light, scouring areas within the police cordon that had not previously been explored.
Officers have also been using ground-penetrating radar to discover whether anything may be buried there. The large search zone in the Portuguese resort lies on unused land, five minutes' walk from the holiday complex where the McCanns were staying in May 2007. Officers had planned to search the area only until Friday but have asked authorities in Portugal for an extra week.
Tents have been put up at several locations, including one above a hole concealed by corrugated iron which was exposed on Tuesday when trees and shrubs were cut down. Forensics officers dressed in white overalls were seen coming and going from the tents, pushing wheelbarrows around the site and using large sieves to sift through soil for clues. Evidence bags were carried away as Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood, who is leading the investigation, looked on.
Officers are expected to be given more time to search the site, which is guarded by local police day and night. It is not clear whether work will continue over the weekend, while no activity is expected on Tuesday as it is a public holiday in Portugal.