She disappeared five years ago from a Portuguese holiday rental, and as time has gone on, hope that Madeleine McCann would be discovered, has slowly diminished.
But today, British Investigators relaunched their search saying that they feel they have the “best opportunity” yet to solve the case, and they believe she is still alive.
So much so, they released this photo of what Madeleine would look like today.
“[We are] seeking to bring closure to the case,” Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood told the BBC. Detectives for the first time since the investigation into McCann’s disappearance, dubbed Operation Grange by U.K. police, say that as a result of evidence uncovered during their latest review they now believe there is a possibility Madeleine is still alive and are appealing for direct information as to her whereabouts.
Police didn’t specify what clues led them to believe the girl may still be still alive.
“I am satisfied that the systems and processes that we are bringing to this set of circumstances will give us the best opportunity to find those investigative opportunities that we can then present to our colleagues in Portugal,” Redwood said.
McCann was 3 years old when she vanished on vacation with her parents Kate and Gerry McCann and twin siblings in the Algarve region of Portugal. The girl’s parents say they found Madeleine missing after having left the children in the home unsupervised while having dinner less than 500 feet away.
Madeleine will be nine on May 12.