Parents ‘greatly encouraged’ by new information in hunt for Madeleine

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The parents of Madeleine McCann have welcomed confirmation police are looking at new information about the disappearance of their daughter, saying they are “greatly encouraged” by developments.

A reconstruction of the “latest, most detailed understanding” of the events around the time she went missing will be shown on BBC Crimewatch on Monday, October 14.

A three-year-old actress is to play Madeleine, who disappeared from the family’s holiday apartment in the Portguese resort of Praia da Luz, in May 2007, as part of a new appeal filmed by a BBC Crimewatch team who spent a week filming in the resort. Gerry and Kate McCann will speak to presenter Kirsty Young live in the studio during the programme.

The Metropolitan Police has revealed a vast log of mobile phone traffic could be the key to finding out what happened to the-then three-year-old.

Scotland Yard detectives, who have interviewed 442 people as part of their review-turned-investigation into Madeleine’s disappearance, hope to track down as many people present in Praia da Luz on or around May 3, 2007, as possible.

Kate and Gerry McCann, said: “We are greatly encouraged by new information coming to light with pieces of the jigsaw now fitting together. We are really hopeful that the forthcoming appeal on Crimewatch will bring further new evidence which will take us a step closer to finding Madeleine and to bringing those responsible for her abduction to justice.”

Crimewatch editor Joe Mather said: “We’ve been working very closely with the Metropolitan Police on a new Madeleine McCann appeal for several months.

“We’re very hopeful that this major reconstruction along with the substantial new lines of enquiry will prompt viewers with vital information to get in touch with the officers in studio on the night of the programme.”

Earlier this week, Scotland Yard revealed that since launching its own investigation, 41 people of interest have been identified, including 15 UK nationals, up from 38 people of interest including
12 UK nationals established in July.