Madeleine McCann: No evidence found after extensive searches in Praia da Luz

Detectives have said that no new evidence has been found relating to the disappearance of Madeleine McCann after extensive searches in Praia da Luz.

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by Closer staff |
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Portuguse and British officers have now completed their search of three sites, close to the apartment where Madeleine went missing.

Madeleine was just three-years-old when she vanished on 3 May 2007 from the family's holiday apartment in the popular resort in Portugal.

Scotland Yard confirmed the news that there was no new evidence tonight, but said the searches were the “first phase of this major investigation”, with a Metropolitan Police spokesperson adding:

“At this time no evidence relating to Madeleine McCann has been identified. However it has given us an essential understanding of the activity on and people that have used this piece of land. More activity has been agreed and we expect that to commence shortly.”

DCI Andy Redwood has been overseeing the searches
DCI Andy Redwood has been overseeing the searches

Last week, officers were reported to be looking to question “several suspects” in relation to the case.

UK officers – who are part of the team searching shrubland near to where she went missing – are said to have asked Portuguese authorities if they could speak with three people.

However, local authorities in Praia da Luz have reportedly said there are likely to be more people they will want to speak with.

The searches spanned around 60,000 square metres

The BBC reported this questioning could take place in the “very near future” and claim the interviews will be conducted by the Portuguese police, adding British officers will be present but will “not be allowed to intervene”.

Her parents Kate, 46, and Gerry, 45, were said to be bracing themselves for “significant news”.

We will keep you updated on this story as it develops.

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