A computer-generated "age processed" image of what police believe Madeline McCann may look like at age nine. (Teri Blythe/London Metropolitan Police)
And now the case of missing Madeleine McCann is being revisited after UK detectives began tracking down 20 possible suspects who it’s believed may have vital information about Maddie’s disappearance.
Madeleine disappeared just days before her fourth birthday at the family’s holiday apartment in the Algarve, Portugal, in 2007. And the quest to find the young girl continues.
Officers investigating the case have drawn up a list of “people of interest” they’ll question in connection with Maddie’s disappearance.
The list includes many previously known figures, such as a group of British freelance cleaners whose van was sighted in the same area where Madeleine disappeared and a middle-aged mystery couple who presumably rented a flat near the McCanns during the same period.
Scotland Yard officials are reportedly urging the Portuguese police to reopen the case and find the cleaners and the couple. Due to jurisdiction issues only the Portuguese police can make arrests and it’s essential they reopen the case to pursue any new evidence laid bare by the detectives.
Detective Chief Superintendent Hamish Campbell has said, "There is more than a handful of people of interest which could be explored further, if only to be eliminated. The key things are to investigate the case and our work is happening to support the Portuguese."
The well-documented case is now receiving new attention with the current investigation. This offers fresh hope for her family and particularly her parents, Gerry and Kate McCann, who’ve been on a continual journey to seek their missing daughter, who would now be age nine.