Police are believed to be closing in on three prime suspects as Scotland Yard sent further pleas for assistance to Portuguese police as the search for Madeleine McCann continues.
Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Martin Hewitt, has said that a third letter has been sent to Portuguese police asking for help although the case is said to be moving forward in tempo.
The news comes as it was also confirmed that Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood had travelled to Portugal to meet senior officers in the Algarve. It was revealed in January that Scotland Yard had identified three suspects after analysis of mobile phone data showed that a gang of burglars were very close to the area where Madeleine was staying in May 2007. However no interviews have been requested or arrests made.
Police relaunched the investigation into Madeleine’s disappearance last July, making fresh televised appeals that were shown in the UK, Germany and the Netherlands. The huge response prompted Portuguese police to open their own review into the case although it had been closed in 2008.
Today Scotland Yard stressed that the third international letter of request is routine, letters of request are often used to ask the Portuguese police to carry out specific certain work on behalf of the British force and should be viewed a standard procedure in an inquiry.
Madeleine’s parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, are being kept fully aware of proceedings.