The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)
has today, 28 October announced the new
structure and changes to the
investigation into the disappearance of
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
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
While there remain lines of inquiry to
follow, the vast majority of the work by
Operation Grange has been completed.
This work included reviewing all the
material relating to the case which were
brought together for the first time and
amounted to collating over 40,000
documents from United Kingdom and
foreign law enforcement agencies, as
well as various private investigation
Officers worked meticulously through the
information. Some of the material had to
be translated into English, facts had to
be cross-referred and diligently
analysed to ensure an oversight of what
the MPS was examining and to search for
new lines of inquiry.
Once this work had been completed the
review became a full investigation in
The investigation team has taken 1,338
statements and collected 1,027 exhibits.
Having reviewed all of the documents,
7,154 actions were raised and 560 lines
of enquiry identified, and over thirty
international request to countries
across the world asking for work to be
undertaken on behalf of the Met.
Officers have investigated more than 60
persons of interest. A total of 650 sex
offenders have also been considered as
well as reports of 8,685 potential
sightings of Madeleine around the world.
The Grange team received on average two
hundred emails a week, and following the
media appeal in October 2013 across
three countries, received over 7,000
For an investigation of this size, the
extraordinary circumstances of
investigating a missing child four years
later in another country, the vast
wealth of information and theories, it
was always going to be an immense task
and required a full team of 29 staff
working on it.
With the significant amount of work
approaching completion, as with all
investigations the MPS has reviewed the
staff required to progress the remaining
A team of four officers will continue to
work solely on the Grange investigation,
funded by the Home Office. The enquiry
has not reached a conclusion, there are
still focused lines of investigation to
The officers will continue to be
overseen by Detective Chief Inspector
Nicola Wall, the current senior
investigating officer, and sit within an
existing major investigation team on the
Homicide and Major Crime Command. This
will give them access to officers within
that team should they be required to
support further operational activity.
Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley, from
the MPS said: "The Met investigation has been painstaking and thorough and has for
the first time brought together in one
place what was disparate information
across the world.
"This work has enabled us to better
understand events in Praia da Luz the
night Madeleine McCann went missing and
ensure every possible measure is being
taken to find out what happened to her.
"We still have very definite lines to
pursue which is why we are keeping a
dedicated team of officers working on
the case. We have given this assurance
to Madeleine's parents, Kate and Gerry
"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
"The Met was asked to take on this
exceptional case as one of national
interest. We were happy to bring our
expertise to bear only on the basis that
it would not detract from the policing
of London; and the Home Office have
additionally funded the investigation
above normal grants to the Met. That
will continue at the reduced level.
"I have overseen this investigation
since 2012 and am very grateful for the
enormous assistance of the media and
public so far which, through the
appeals, have generated new information
and lines of Inquiry. "
Our decision and rationale has been
discussed with Mr and Mrs McCann.
Mr and Mrs McCann said:
"We would like to thank all the staff
from Operation Grange for the meticulous
and painstaking work that they have
carried out over the last four and a
half years. The scale and difficulty of
their task has never been in doubt.
"We are reassured that the investigation
to find Madeleine has been significantly
progressed and the MPS has a much
clearer picture of the events in Praia
da Luz leading up to Madeleine's
abduction in 2007.
"Given that the review phase of the
investigation is essentially completed,
we fully understand the reasons why the
team is being reduced.
"We would also like to thank the Home
Office for continuing to support the
"Whilst we do not know what happened to
Madeleine, we remain hopeful that she
may still be found given the ongoing
lines of enquiry. "
The remaining Operation Grange officers
will be deployed to other enquiries
within Specialist Crime and Operations.