Police investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann are all set to receive £150,000 from the government to continue their search. The new funding is for a six-month period. Detective involved in the case apply to the Home Office every six months for more funding to continue their investigation. So far, a total of £11.75 million has been spent on the case.
The case, titled Operation Grange, was launched in 2001 by the Metropolitan Police after the Portuguese investigation failed to yield any results. Last year, police confirmed that they are still pursuing some of the critical leads in the case. They are hopeful that these efforts will bring the answers to many questions surrounding the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.
Madelein’s parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, have vowed to continue the search for their daughter. They live in Rothley, Leicestershire. However, police have been unable to confirm is Madeliene McCann is still alive.
Last year marked the 10th anniversary of Madeleine’s disappearance. Police revealed that they had reviewed more than 40,000 documents and interrogate above 600 people so far. They have ruled out the involvement of Madeleine’s parents in her disappearance.
What Happened to Madeleine McCann?
Madeleine McCann was three years old when she went missing. She was spending the summer vacation with her parents in Praia da Luz, Portugal. She disappeared from their holiday apartment on a fateful night in 2007. The date was May 3, 2007.
The timeline of events on the night reveal that Madeleine’s parents left the apartment to have dinner at a Tapas bar. A few hours later, a man was spotted walking towards the ocean carrying a child wearing pyjamas. Soon after that, Kate McCann found out her daughter had gone missing.
Madeleine McCann’s disappearance sparked a worldwide search that has continued for 11 years. Four people were identified as suspects in 2013. However, no further action was taken after they were interviewed by Portuguese officers and the Met Police, who visited the holiday resort in 2014.