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Top cop says Maddie could be found alive

Madeline McCann
Madeline McCann

Detective Chief Superintendent Mick Duthi has claimed that he can crack the case and find Madeline McCann, who would now be 12-years-old, alive and well.

Maddie disappeared in May 2007 from a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in Portugal, just days before her fourth birthday.

Despite a sizable operation in Portugal and the British investigation in 2011, no progress has been made in finding her.

However Mr Duthi says officers are still pursuing “justifiable and reasonable” leads, despite scaling back the probe.

“There is ongoing work. There is always a possibility that we will find Madeline and we hope we will find her alive.

“That’s what we want that that’s what the family and the public want and that is why the Home Office continue to fund it. There is work that needs to be done still.”

Maddie’s parents Kate and Gerry last night said that were “very pleased” with the developments.

They said they remain “incredibly grateful” to the UK police.