Madeleine McCann: Portuguese police ‘reopen’ the case
Over the newswires, and picked up by the Independent:
Portuguese police have launched a review of the Madeleine McCann case.
A team of detectives based in Oporto in northern Portugal has been appointed to re-examine the original investigation into the little girl’s disappearance from the Algarve in 2007, the Portuguese newspaper Jornal de Noticias reported.
Since May 2011, Scotland Yard has been investigating. Why have the Portuguese moved now?
The Jornal de Notícias announced that the case will be reopened. Other news organs said this was not so.
Back in the Indy:
It is understood that the team from Portugal’s investigative Policia Judiciaria (PJ), headed by senior officer Helena Monteiro, has been looking at the Madeleine case for some weeks now.
Portugal’s Correio da Manha newspaper reported that the PJ officers have not found any new leads that point to Madeleine’s whereabouts and so will not formally reopen their investigation.
McCann family spokesman Clarence Mitchell arrives to do the PR:
“Kate and Gerry obviously welcome the work being done by the PJ in Oporto alongside that of the Met investigative team.”
What work are they doing?
“They clearly hope that it will lead to the case being reopened in due course. There is good co-operation between the Met and the PJ, and Kate and Gerry remain grateful for the time and resources that have been put into the search for Madeleine. They will not be discussing any details whilst both the Met investigative review and the PJ work is continuing, but clearly it is a positive development.”