Clarence Mitchell, spokesman for the
McCanns, was unavailable this afternoon.
Amaral could also not be immediately
The appeal verdict comes a day after the
detective in charge of the search for
Madeleine said police still believe she
could be found alive.
Madeleine disappeared in Portugal nearly
nine years ago, just days before her
fourth birthday, and officers have
continued to hunt for her ever since.
The head of Scotland Yard's homicide
squad, Detective Chief Superintendent
Mick Duthie, insisted there is 'always a
possibility' she will be discovered safe
as he justified the ongoing operation.
Earlier this month, Home Secretary
Theresa May granted the Metropolitan
Police £95,000 so they could continue
the search for Madeleine, codenamed
Operation Grange, for six more months.
DCS Mick Duthie said that it could be
extended into next year if police need
to continue following up leads.
'There is always a possibility that we
will find Madeleine and we hope that we
will find her alive,' he told the
'That's what we want and that's what the
family and the public want and that is
why the Home Office continue to fund