Is She Alive? Police Announce New Twist in Case of Missing Madeleine McCannMonica Bielanko
Madeleine McCann, 3, vanished in 2007 while vacationing in Portugal with her family.
Today, investigators in London released a new computer generated image of what Maddie would look like today at 9-years-old, in the hope that she might still be found. They’re also asking Portugal authorities – who closed the case in 2008 – to reopen their investigation into Maddie’s disappearance.
The case gained worldwide headlines because Maddie’s parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, of England, were briefly considered suspects before being cleared. As USA Today reports, in a rare press conference Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood said he is leading a team of 37 police officers reviewing some 40,000 pieces of evidence gathered so far. The team has identified some 195 possible leads to be followed up on, he said.
Redwood says they are hopeful the little girl is still alive which is why they’re releasing the new image, but acknowledged that police have to consider that she may be dead.
“Our drive on both scenarios is of equal measure,” he said.
So far there has been no obvious explanation for the little girl’s disappearance even though there have been Maddie sightings all over the world.
Redwood has regular contact with Kate and Gerry McCann, who have pressed to keep the case in the public eye by publishing a book and appearing on several television shows including the “Oprah Winfrey Show.”