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Madeleine McCann: Police To Make First Arrests In Girl’s Disappearance

Mon, January 13, 2014 6:30pm EDT by 7 Comments
Madeleine McCann Kidnapping Arrests
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The first arrests are being planned by police in the case of Madeleine McCann, a 3-year-old who disappeared on a family trip to Portugal and was never found. Police have been pursuing three strong suspects: alleged burglars who were active in the area she vanished from in 2007.

Madeleine McCann‘s disappearance stumped international police until now, when three suspects are being pursued by British police in the mission, Operation Grange. The toddler went missing on a family trip to when she was just 3 years old in May 2007, and was never found. Police feel they have new information to give the little girl’s family the answers they have been desperately searching for.

Madeleine McCann Disapperance Arrests: Scotland Yard Pursues Portuguese Suspects

Scotland Yard police are prepared to make arrests in the case of Madeleine McCann, after her devastating disappearance shocked families around the world. A spokesman for the police confirmed that the Crown Prosecution Service has sent an International Letter of Request to the police in Portugal — which is a major step in bringing justice to Madeleine’s family.

“The letter is said to request permission to arrest the burglars so that the British detectives can question them about their activities around the time the little girl went missing,” reported The Daily MailMadeleine’s heartbroken parents, Kate and Gerry, described the letter as a “significant development” in their daughter’s case. They have not entirely lost hope that their daughter might one day be found alive.

Madeleine McCann Case: Police Get New Tips

“The thieves were identified as prime suspects earlier this month when analysis of mobile phone data indicated they had made an unusually high number of calls to each other in the hours after the disappearance,” The Daily Mail reported.

Madeleine McCann’s Family Hopes New Development Will Bring Closure

The latest development is a glimmer of hope in Madeleine’s ongoing case. “Police want to be given a chance to arrest key suspects. It doesn’t prove they have Madeleine but it will rule them in or out of the investigation and that is important,” a spokesman for Madeleine’s family told the Mirror.

“Kate and Gerry don’t want to build up their hopes too high but they realize it could be a significant new lead,” the spokesperson explained.

Our thoughts are with Madeleine’s family, as we hope they finally get some answers in this harrowing case.

— Maxine Studebaker

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