NEW SUSPECT REVEALED: Police investigating new lead in case of missing Madeleine McCann - 12 years after she went missing
This was not expected...
By Frances Sheen
May 03 2019
Detectives in the Madeleine McCann case are investigating a new kidnap suspect, on the 12th anniversary of her disappearance.
Police have been given extra resources to look at a 'new clue' and a 'new suspect', according to fresh reports.
Authorities are said to have 'many doubts' that Madeleine is still alive amid claims police are 'near to knowing what happened'.
'Police are following new Maddie kidnap clues,' the media reports claimed.
The latest development came as Madeleine's parents vowed to carry on looking for their daughter 'for as long as it takes'.
Kate and Gerry, who are sure that Maddie could still be alive, tell of their 'comfort and reassurance' that the police hunt to find her carries on.
In a message to mark the latest 12-year milestone which they wish they could 'fast forward', they share their heartache that Maddie would soon be turning sixteen.
In a posting on the Official Find Maddie Campaign website the couple from Rothley, Leicestershire, jointly say: 'It's that time of year again. As much as we'd like to fast forward the first couple of weeks of May, there's no getting around it.'
Tonight, family, friends and locals will gather at a local war memorial near their home where a lantern - a beacon of hope - still shines brightly around the clock for the world's most famous missing child.
Metropolitan Police in the UK, chief Cressida Dick confirmed yesterday that the force had applied for more money to continue its Operation Grange search for Maddie.
She said: 'We have active lines of inquiries and I think the public would expect us to see those through. A very small team continues to work on this case with Portuguese colleagues and we have put in an application to the Home Office for further funding.'
Kate has previously said in a log standing post on the Find Maddie website: 'As a parent of an abducted child, I can tell you that it is the most painful and agonising experience you could ever imagine. My thoughts of fear, confusion and loss of love and security that my precious daughter has had to endure are unbearable - crippling.'
A controversial new Netflix documentary re-examining Maddie's kidnap was released last month, triggering a barrage of online abuse against Kate and Gerry by heartless trolls.
The pair, who refused to take part in the eight hour programme series, slammed it for 'potentially hindering' the search for their daughter while an active police hunt is ongoing.