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Madeleine McCann: Case Closed?

July 01, 2008 05:18 PM
by Liz Colville
Portuguese investigators are considering closing the case of the British girl who went missing last year “due to lack of evidence.”

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Portuguese police “have handed their file on the Madeleine McCann case to prosecutors to determine whether authorities should continue looking for the missing British girl,” CNN reported July 1.

The four-year-old McCann went missing in Portugal’s Algarve region last summer while on vacation with her parents and younger brother. Portuguese police named her parents and a local man as suspects, but no one was charged.

The parents are still considered suspects, or “arguidos,” but family spokesman Clarence Mitchell has argued for this charge to be dropped. He has also “urged the police to hand over their files to the family’s private investigators so they can continue the search.”

The Times of London reported July 1 that the charges against the parents will likely be dropped.

The McCanns were criticized for leaving their children alone in a hotel room the night Madeleine disappeared. They were having dinner with friends at the hotel restaurant and found Madeleine missing when they went to check on the children. Evidence of an abduction or murder has been scarce and inconclusive.

Headline Links: Portuguese Prosecutors Set to Close McCann Case

Background: Aftermath of Madeleine’s Disappearance

Opinions & Analysis: Evidence in the McCann Case

Key Players: Robert Murat; The Tapas Nine

Reference: Timeline of events in McCann case

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