Madeleine McCann

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Mom: Madeleine McCann Likely Never Left Portugal

Kate McCann: Research into abducted kids indicates they aren't taken far

(Newser) - Madeleine McCann has been missing for nine years, and while sightings of the child have been reported worldwide (example here ), her mother now tells the Sun she believes Maddie was probably never taken out of Portugal. Maddie went missing on May 3, 2007, and Kate McCann says that the... More »

Only 4 Officers Still Hunting for Madeleine McCann

The British girl disappeared in Portugal in 2007

(Newser) - The UK's Metropolitan Police has reduced the number of officers looking for a 3-year-old girl who disappeared from her family's vacation home in Portugal eight years ago from 29 to four, NBC News reports. Officials announced the change Wednesday, saying most avenues of investigation had been completed while... More »

Bones Found in Australia Not Madeleine McCann's

She has been 'totally excluded as a potential victim'

(Newser) - Australian authorities had set expectations low regarding the possibility that bones recently found in South Australia belonged to Madeleine McCann. They're now at zero. "Madeleine McCann has been totally excluded as a potential victim," said Detective Superintendent Des Bray today, per NBC News . The BBC reports police... More »

Madeleine McCann Detectives Ask About Australian Bones

Remains found in suitcase this month could be from girl missing since 2007

(Newser) - First, the words of caution: "There is absolutely no evidence at this point in time that the child is Madeleine McCann," says an Australian police commissioner. But the body of a child, found near the South Australia town of Wynarka and thus far unidentified, has led the detectives... More »

Woman Who Abused McCanns Online Found Dead

She was confronted by reporter over Twitter messages

(Newser) - A woman accused of taking part in an online hate campaign against the parents of missing girl Madeleine McCann has been found dead days after she was confronted by a reporter. Brenda Leyland, a 63-year-old described by the Daily Mail as a "church-going mother," was found in a... More »

Madeleine McCann Search Zeroes In on New Site

2nd of 3 sites is now being investigated

(Newser) - British and Portuguese police involved in the renewed search for Madeleine McCann have moved onto a second area of scrubland near the Praia da Luz resort where she disappeared in 2007. Detectives are particularly focused on one area about the size of a tennis court, the Guardian reports. The entire... More »

Cops to Question Suspects in Madeleine McCann Case

They reportedly include burglars, resort workers

(Newser) - Police in Portugal will question several suspects in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann in the "very near future," reports the BBC . The Observer goes further and characterizes the development as pending arrests, which would be the first major ones in the 2007 case. Up to eight people reportedly... More »

New McCann Search Reveals Hidden Shaft, Grave-Like Hole

Search could continue for another week

(Newser) - The renewed investigation into Madeleine McCann's disappearance, now focusing on scrubland located a short distance from where the British girl vanished in 2007, has revealed a concealed shaft beneath a sheet of corrugated iron, the Guardian reports. Forensic officers examined the site for hours yesterday beneath a white tent... More »

In Renewed Maddie Search, Cops Dig Up Scrubland

Large area around Praia da Luz resort to be searched

(Newser) - Just as sources said last month , police are now digging up scrubland around the Algarve resort of Praia da Luz, where Madeleine McCann disappeared while on vacation with her parents in 2007. An area the size of "three football pitches" was sealed off today, and Portuguese and British police... More »

Cops Digging Up Resort Where McCann Girl Vanished

Sources say 3 sites will be excavated

(Newser) - Almost exactly seven years since Madeleine McCann disappeared, Scotland Yard detectives are headed to the Portugal resort where she vanished on vacation with her family—to dig it up. Excavations are planned at three sites near the Praia da Luz resort, sources tell the Daily Mirror , and forensics experts will... More »

Madeleine McCann Suspect Turns Out to Be Dead

Euclides Monteiro died in a tractor accident in 2009

(Newser) - On Wednesday, British police asked the public for information on an unnamed suspect they were hunting in connection with Madeleine McCann's disappearance. Yesterday, a source close to Portuguese investigators revealed to the Guardian the supposed identity of that man: Euclides Monteiro—who died in a tractor accident in 2009.... More »

Madeleine McCann Case: Cops Eye Earlier Sex Attacks

Man broke into homes, got into bed with young girls: police

(Newser) - Police are on the hunt for a suspect in Madeleine McCann's disappearance: a man with "a very, very unhealthy interest in young white female children." Officials now say a tanned, dark-haired man is suspected in a series of burglaries in Algarve, Portugal, near where the British child... More »

Secret Dossier Handed Over in Madeleine McCann Case

Details burglaries, child abuse in area where she went missing

(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,... More »

Portugal Reopens Madeleine McCann Case

Police back on the investigation after promising leads emerge in Britain

(Newser) - Portugal is following Britain's lead in the Madeleine McCann case and officially reopening its police investigation, reports AFP . The 3-year-old British girl disappeared while on vacation with her parents in Portugal in 2007, but investigators there closed the case the following year after casting suspicion on her parents. Scotland... More »

New Name Surfaces in Madeleine McCann Case

2 witnesses identify same person after image release

(Newser) - After airing computer-generated images of a possible figure in the Madeleine McCann case on a BBC show last night, London police have fielded more than 700 calls and 200 emails regarding the missing British girl, they say in a statement . What's more, two witnesses offered the same name after... More »

Madeleine McCann Case: Cops Want to Find This Man

'Massive steps forward' made after review of evidence

(Newser) - More than six years after Madeleine McCann vanished from a resort in Portugal, police may have made a breakthrough in the search for the British child. British police officers analyzing data gathered after her disappearance in 2007 have released computer-generated images of a man they suspect could be key to... More »

Madeleine McCann May Still Be Alive: Scotland Yard

Police want to talk to 38 persons of interest

(Newser) - British police say they have launched a full investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, and want to trace 38 "persons of interest" in the case. Detectives say it's possible that Madeleine, who vanished from a Portuguese holiday resort six years ago, is still alive. Scotland Yard said... More »

New Suspects Found in McCann Case

Police probe reveals new names, but will Portugal investigate?

(Newser) - And the search for Madeleine McCann is on again: Police have produced a new list of suspects in the case of the toddler who went missing in Portugal in 2007, following a lengthy and expensive new review, the Telegraph reports. "There is more than a handful of people of... More »

McCann Lookalike Not Maddy

DNA test results confirm New Zealand girl not missing child

(Newser) - Turns out a lookalike in New Zealand is not the long-missing Madeleine McCann. The DNA of a Queenstown girl was sent to Scotland Yard for testing, despite local police's certainty that she wasn't the British Maddy, who went missing in 2007. "Following a DNA submission, we are... More »

DNA Taken From Madeleine McCann Lookalike

After sightings reported in New Zealand

(Newser) - For the second time since Madeleine McCann went missing, the DNA of a lookalike is to be tested. New Zealand police insist that a girl spotted in Queenstown is absolutely not the same child who vanished in 2007. Still, they say that they've complied with Scotland Yard's request... More »

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