New information has been released by Scotland Yard in the search for Madeleine McCann.

Detectives are preparing to go to Portugal where they will launch digs in and around the area where Madeleine McCann disappeared 7 years ago.

The Daily Mirror reports:

It is understood a team of highly-skilled forensic officers will use radar equipment to look ­underground in the grim hunt for clues.

A source close to the McCann’s said: “Kate and Gerry have been told police will be conducting the searches in and around Praia da Luz as soon as they get the green light from Portuguese authorities.

“There will be earth diggers everywhere and it will look very dramatic and it will be a heartbreaking and hugely emotional time for Madeleine’s poor parents.

“They don’t believe police are acting on any new tip off. They just need to carry out their own digs, looking for any possible clues that Portuguese authorities may have missed on their previous searches.

“It will not be a mere fingertip search of certain areas, it will be full ground searches, using radar and other equipment. It is such a sensitive part of their investigation but it has to be done.

“Police have assured Kate and Gerry that it does not mean they are specifically searching for her body. They are doing searches as much as to rule scenarios out as much as rule them in. They will be concentrating on several different places at different phases.

“Certain areas should have been searched properly way back by the Portuguese authorities but were not.”

Kate and Gerry will not be going to Portugal but will be kept updated throughout.

The source revealed the dig will form a routine part of the Met’s cold case review into Madeleine.

It comes after a ­Crimewatch TV appeal resulted in new information coming to light. The source added: “They have been tasked with the painstaking job of going through every single detail the Portuguese police have already done, plus following up any new leads that have come in. They are looking into it with fresh eyes. New ­information has come in following Crimewatch but it is not known if any of it is linked to these searches.”

Police will dig two areas of land surrounding the Ocean Club’s Apartment 5A, where Madeleine vanished on May 3 2007, and an area on the nearby beach.


I cannot even imagine what Gerry and Kate McCann are going through right now, as a parent all you want is for your children to be safe and sound – not knowing where your child is, let alone 7 years of not knowing, would be absolute hell.

I am sure we all want the same thing and hope that this case can be solved in the very near future.

Have you been following this case? How would you feel?

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  • Feel so sorry for the parents. It’s parents’ worst nightmare… Hope they can have the closure soon.


  • there is no way i could even understand what the parents are going through.. how on earth could someone take someone else’s child. i give my best wishes and love to the parents and hope that they find the little girl. it makes me cry myself what if that happened to my daughter!!


  • this would be so heartbreaking for their family


  • This is a very heart breaking case.


  • My heart goes out to the poor parents of little Maddie, but I also think what that poor little girl has gone through. Even if they find Maddie alive and living with other parents? What would she have to deal with going back to her real parents after all this time? She will be a teenager now, and may not remember her real parents anymore, and if she is found living a life with other people, what will that poor child have to go through again in her young life?? I really hope they do find her, but if God forbid, they find out that she is no longer alive, at least her parents will have closure at last. God Bless them all and hang on to hope until you know any different, it may turn out that some person who couldn’t have children, or lost their own child at that age, took little Maddie to fulfill their loss. I really hope that this turns out to be the answer to this mystery.
    Thinking of all involved luv Josie xx


  • The not knowing would be unbearable. I hope they find out one way or another soon.


  • I can only imagine what this family is going through to one day hopefully find answers, so sad.


  • This ongoing tragedy must put Madeleine’s family through the wringer, over and over and over :(


  • These stories scare me. Hope every kid is safe as safe can b


  • I know a lot of people have commented that many children have gone missing. Yes that is true and as every child is irreplaceable to any parent. All the more to be triumphant that the McCanns have what they have to do what they can do……..one more solved case is better surely not….I pray for them and for all such parents with similar sorrows.


  • I would really hate to imagine what this poor family has been through. Hope they get closure soon.


  • The poor family, i really feel for them.


  • I he they solve this mystery quickly. Now so the poor family c an finally get some closure.


  • Have been following news about this case on and off, I cannot imagine the immense pain and hurt that the parents have gone through and are still enduring…


  • I hope these poor parents finally get some answers.


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