Portugal Cops Will Close Maddy Case

Police cite lack of evidence; McCanns will continue search
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 1, 2008 8:39 AM CDT
Gerry and Kate McCann, the parents Madeleine McCann, walk on the beach towards an inflatable covered with pictures of their daughter in Praia da Luz, southern Portugal, Monday, May 28, 2007.    (AP Photo/Paulo Duarte)
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(Newser) – Police in Portugal plan to end their investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann in the next two weeks because of a lack of evidence, the AP reports. The parents of the British girl, who went missing while on a family vacation last May, will continue their own search, said a family spokesman. Police could reopen the case if new evidence surfaces.

"The police, if they are to shelve this without any charges, then we would hope, surely it's only common sense, they would continue to search for a missing child," a spokesman for the McCanns said. "Kate and Gerry will never give up the search for their daughter."