Portuguese police to continue search for Maddie McCann as Met police end theirs 7 months ago

Portuguese police to continue search for Maddie McCann as Met police end theirs

The search will continue in Portugal.

Police in Portugal are continuing to investigate Madeleine McCann's disappearance despite the Met Police ending their search.

Sources close to Portuguese authorities say that dismissing the ongoing case review is "completely out of the question."

According to The Irish Sun, Portugal's Attorney General’s Office said that an independent inquiry will continue.

A spokesman said: “The investigation is proceeding, with the inquiry not having a final conclusion yet.”

Sources close to the Portuguese police have dismissed concerns that the current case review will be wound down as Scotland Yard is closing its 11 year investigation.

They revealed to The Mirror that it had been a "long time" since any new information was requested by the UK detective team.

A source said: “Only the German authorities have been sending formal requests for judicial assistance of late.”

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Funding for the UK's Operation Grange inquiry will end later this year after it was launched four years after Maddie had disappeared from her holiday home in Portugal.

Since it began, Operation Grange has cost an estimated £12.5 million. It was initially set up by Theresa May, who was the Home Secretary at the time. When it launched, the team comprised of 29 detectives and eight civilians.

Over the years, Operation Grange has translated tens of thousands of documents, and produced age-processed imagery of Madeleine. They have also conducted investigations into over 8,000 possible sightings.

Three years after the launch of Operation Grange, the group had taken over 1,000 statements, collected over 1,000 exhibits and investigated 60 persons of interest and more than 600 sex offenders.

The decision to end this means that is it highly unlikely that the prime suspect Christian B will be charged with her disappearance.

Under Portuguese law, police cannot prosecute a suspect after 15 years, which it is coming close to in the McCann case.

Legal experts say that this time limit means that the chances of making any arrests or convictions was "greatly reduced" after Maddie disappeared in 2007.

German man known as Christian B, 45, was accused of the crime and had lived near the resort from where Madeleine vanished at the time in Praia da Luz but if he was to be charged, he would have been declared an "official suspect" by May 3 last year.