Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Service conducting the
investigative review into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann are
releasing an age progression image of her as we approach her ninth
birthday on 12 May.
The image has been created in close collaboration with the family and is
being released ahead of the fifth anniversary of her disappearance on 3
May. It shows how we believe Madeleine would look today.
The release comes as detectives announce that as a result of evidence
uncovered during the review they now believe there is a possibility
Madeleine is still alive and are appealing for anyone who is able to
provide direct information as to her whereabouts to contact the team.
"we are releasing the age progression image
today with a specific appeal"
The investigative review commenced in May 2011 under the leadership of
the then commissioner, Sir Paul Stephenson. A murder team within the
Homicide and Serious Crime Command was tasked to conduct the review and
is led by Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood acting to Detective
Chief Superintendent Hamish Campbell and Commander Simon Foy.
Work of the team involves close collaboration with a senior
investigating officer from the Policia Judaria and detectives have been
to Portugal several times.
Throughout the course of the review officers have been in close contact
with the McCann family who have been assigned a Family Liaison Officer
as is standard in accordance with national family liaison policy.
The review team are in a unique position in that their task is to
compile and review material from three separate strands - the Portuguese
investigation, inquiries by UK law enforcement agencies, and the work of
Officers are now methodically going through that material which they
believe amounts to around 40,000 pieces of information equating to
approximately 100,000 pages.
The intention is to identify from that material investigative
opportunities which we will then present to the Portuguese authorities
who retain primacy for the investigation. Officers have so far
identified around 195 such opportunities within the historic material,
and are also developing what they believe to be genuinely new material.
The objective of the review team is to work with the Portuguese
authorities with a view to having the case, which has remained closed
since 2008, re-opened in due course.
DCI Andy Redwood said: “From the outset we have approached this review
with a completely open mind, placing Madeleine McCann at the heart of
everything we do. We are working on the basis of two possibilities here.
One is that Madeleine is still alive; and the second that she is sadly
“Based on the former we are releasing the age progression image today
with a specific appeal.
“If you know where Madeleine McCann is now or you have new direct
information/evidence about what has happened to her then please contact
“The second point of appeal today is in relation to those who were at
the resort of Praia da Luz between 28 April and 3 May 2007. If you were
either on holiday or in residence in the resort during this period,
particularly in the vicinity of the Ocean Club, and you have not been
spoken to by police either here or in Portugal then please call us on
0800 0961011 if you are within the UK. The number for non-UK residents
is +44 2071580 126. Alternatively if you do not want to speak to us
directly you can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”