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The search for Madeleine McCann has been running since she was reported missing back in 2007, and despite suspects being named and theories being investigated the case is still open. Though as released in a statement from Metropolitan Police quoting Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley, the amount of officers on the case are to be scaled back.

The statement reads:

“The investigation into what happened to Madeleine continues but with a smaller team of officers. Officers investigating her disappearance have completed the huge task of bringing together and investigating the massive amount of information held by colleagues in Portugal, the United Kingdom investigation and the private investigators working on behalf of the McCann family.

They are now following a small number of focused lines of inquiry that have allowed them to reduce the size of the Home Office funded team.

Detectives investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann in May 2007 have been working through material and following investigative inquiries since the Home Office requested a review of the case in May 2011.

Operation Grange is working to support the Portuguese investigation and this work continues.”

Mr Rowley has said

“The Portuguese police remain the lead investigators and our team will continue to support their inquiry. They have extended every courtesy to Operation Grange and we maintain a close working relationship. I know they remain fully committed to investigating Madeleine’s disappearance with support from the Metropolitan Police. “

You can view the full statement here.

Madeleine disappeared from a hotel room in South Portugal in May 2007 when her parents had dinner with friends and sparked one of the biggest searches of it’s kind.

  • It has been 8 years of searching. incredible with the amount of resources they have put in that they have found nothing. So sad for the family.

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  • I feel so sad whenever I hear or read about Madeline McCann. I wish that they find her safe and well. The family need closure either way.

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  • I can’t imagine the pain this poor family must be in. I hope one day they find Maddie and her parents can have some peace.

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  • One of the worst things to go through. Not only a child missing, but never knowing why or what has happened. It would be like living a nightmare.

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  • I feel so sorry for these parents and for Maddie’s siblings also – just imagine what her siblings are going through. If Maddie’s parents weren’t such high profile people this wouldn’t have stayed in the public domain so long – but her siblings are being pushed to the background by ALL including their parents. Such a sorry tale and who knows if she will ever be found, or even want to be found after such a long time.

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  • That would be so terrible for her family. It’s more or less saying they’re giving up, they’ve been looking for years and it doesn’t look like she’ll be found. Honestly, I’m surprised it has stayed in the headlines for thus many years

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  • Such a sad and tragic tale. How horrible for any parent to have a child go missing. A lesson to be learnt for all of us here. Even harder when they think Maddy may still feel alive and they’re scaling back their search efforts :,(

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  • So sad. Can’t imagine what it must be like for the parents.

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  • It must be so difficult for them having to go through the lost of a child in such circumstances. I truly hope they get some kind of closure someday. So very tragic.

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  • Like everyone else here, I feel so sorry for families who have children go missing and never know what happened to them. It would be so hard to get through each day.

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  • These parents must be going through hell every day of their lives! My heart really goes out ton them!

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  • I hope they find her one day, to give her parents some closure.

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  • It is unimaginable and I have no idea how her parents get by day to day.

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  • I still hope every single day that maddie turns up

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  • yes i agree with all these comments. so sad for the family. just no words to say

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