The relief must have been audible across Rothley as Madeleine’s family, friends and neighbors learned that the Portuguese attorney has reopened the missing girl’s case following new leads and suspects brought to light by Operation Grange.
The leads and suspects have now been reduced to twenty that need following up and include known child sex offenders who were in the Algarve at the time Madeleine went missing. A number of these suspects also include Britons. George Denby was quick to point out that the case being reopened means that UK Police forces can now re-interview and interview a number of suspects believed to be living in the UK. Denby who is a seasoned detective of over twenty years said that the case can be closed, that Madeleine could be found and Operation Grange are focusing their efforts along with their Portuguese counterparts.
The detective also reiterated that Operation Grange was not investigating Madeleine’s parents or their friends who have been the subject of lurid, baseless accusations since Madeleine went missing from the family holiday apartment in the Algarve in 2007. Like with any investigation, Denby admits that this one has had its fair share of cranks and conspiracy theorists. One such conspiracy theorist is Tony Bennett who runs a right wing group called the Madeleine Foundation that is dedicated to attacking Kate and Gerry McCann at every opportunity and accusing them of all manner of criminal activities. Earlier this year Bennett appeared at the High Court to be sentenced following being found guilty of contempt of court. He received a suspended sentence and ordered to pay costs.
With the case now open UK police are free to interview potential UK suspects including an unnamed convicted pedophile living in the North of England who was in the Algarve when Madeleine went missing but was never interviewed by Police at the time due to the lead Portuguese investigator wrongly suspecting that Kate and Gerry McCann were responsible for Madeleine’s disappearance and key suspects were never interviewed or were dismissed as not relevant to the case.
There is a great anticipation that following the Crown Prosecution Service visiting Portugal authorities that the evidence they have presented is enough to give the investigation a strong direction to follow up. This particular evidence was the culmination of German, French and Spanish forces collaborating on the movements of child trafficking gangs.
Operation Grange detectives continue to work diligently on following up suspects and leads in the UK while Portuguese detectives assigned to the case are now able to actively work on interviewing witnesses and potential suspects who were never spoken to in 2007.
Home Secretary in the UK Theresa May is now expected to announce a renewed full scale investigation into Madeleine’s whereabouts.
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