McCann Prosecutor: No Body, No Case

'Extremely complicated' to move forward, says prosecutor
By Colleen Barry,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 25, 2007 3:36 AM CDT
Gerry McCann, father of missing four-year-old Madeleine, leaves his home in Rothley, Leicestershire England Thursday Sept. 13, 2007.   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – A Portuguese prosecutor has announced that unless the body of Madeleine McCann is found, it would be nearly impossible to convict her parents of her murder. Suspects Kate and Gerry McCann vowed to continue to search for their daughter, who disappeared on vacation from her bedroom while her parents were dining out,  and try to clear their names.

"Without the little girl's body, everything is extremely complicated," the prosecutor explained. In cases without a body, convictions have been won only "with confessions," he said. Portuguese police have been ordered to step up efforts to find the girl's body because the case against the McCanns is "hanging by a thread," said a source.