Monday, 30 June 2008
McCanns boosted by fresh leads Sunday Star (No online link, appears in paper version only) - Sunday 29 June 2008
Kate and Gerry Mccann have been boosted by a series of fresh leads in the hunt for missing daughter Madeleine.They have been told of 'several' potential new sightings of the five year old, who vanished without trace while on holiday in Portugal in May 07. It has led to a 'widening and deepening' of the private investigation into Madeleine's disappearance. Last night the family's spokesman Clarence Mitchell said Kate and Gerry remain hopeful that "a breakthrough" is near.
He said "following the documentary at the anniversary of Madeleine's disappearance there were a lot of calls, which are still being followed up. "These include new information, potential sightings , although I cant go into any details." The privately funded probe into Maddie's disappearance from the family's holiday apartment in Praia da Luz on May 3, 2007 has become "wider and much more sophisticated" according to sources.
Metodo 3 the Spanish agency which took on the investigation is being aided by other agencies across the globe. In addition, doctors Kate and Gerry, both 40, from Rothley, Leics. hope their status as arguidos or suspects - will be lifted in the next few weeks. Police files on the case are due to be shared with third parties next month, which could signal an end to the suspicion which hung over the couple since last year.
Last night Mr Mitchell said the McCanns still believe Maddie is alive. He added "they continue to work on the assumption that Madeleine is being held somewhere. "There is no evidence she has been hurt or killed".