Secret Dossier Handed Over in Madeleine McCann Case
Details burglaries, child abuse in area where she went missing
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Feb 24, 2014 6:36 AM CST
This undated file photo made available by the London Metropolitan Police shows missing British girl Madeleine McCann.   (AP Photo/London Metropolitan Police)

(Newser) – The long-running investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann appears to be heating up again. In October, Portuguese police officially reopened their investigation into the British 3-year-old's 2007 disappearance. Now, they've handed over to British police secret files covering burglaries near the Portuguese resort of Praia da Luz, where Madeleine went missing, the Daily Express reports. Some of those burglaries included child abuse, the paper notes.

"Burglars go anywhere and everywhere in Luz and normally break in during the middle of the night when you’re asleep," says a local businesswoman. "It’s been going on for years, well before Madeleine disappeared. Police here are aware of the problem, but the public" isn't. Three suspects are reportedly under investigation by Scotland Yard. Portuguese media say they're all former workers at the Ocean Club resort, the Daily Mail notes. Click for more on the case.

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FarmerMichael
Feb 24, 2014 3:04 PM CST
'Just the kind of story a local Chamber of Commerce sees as a tale of horror. And will do anything to keep it from getting out, as that kind of stuff "doesn't happen here." So the first folks blamed were the parents.....