UK police release new image of missing Madeleine McCann
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - 01:39
April 25 - Police in the UK want to reopen the case of missing Madeleine McCann and release an age enhanced image in the hope of finding new information on her disappearance. Simon Hanna reports.
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These are images of Madeleine McCann, taken before her disappearance five years ago while on holiday in Portugal with her family.
The pictures are familiar to millions - as part of the massive global hunt they were spread far and wide in the hope that they would lead to her being found.
And it is for this reason that on Wednesday British police released this new age enhanced image, showing what Madeleine would look like today as a 9 year old.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) DETECTIVE CHIEF INSPECTOR ANDY REDWOOD, METROPOLITAN POLICE:
"Today why we are here is to specifically appeal for information around her being alive. And so what I would ask the public to assist us with if you know, having carefully looked at this image, if you know where Madeleine McCann is now, or you have information as to what has happened to Madeleine McCann, then please make contact with us."
A spokesman for the McCann family said they are hopeful that the new image will lead to a breakthrough.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) CLARENCE MITCHELL, MCANN FAMILY SPOKESMAN:
"The family will draw great strength from this, they do see it as positive and they are hoping and praying, as they have been for five years, that this will lead to that breakthrough and that somebody somewhere will recognise her and she will still be able to come home."
Police in London say they have indentified almost 200 'investigative opportuniities' based on existing evidence.
Madeleine disappeared from her family's holiday apartment in the Portuguese resort of Praia da Luz on May 3, 2007.
Despite a massive media campaign, a huge police investigation, and reported sightings of Madeleine in Beligium, Spain, Morocco, France and Malta, her whereabouts remain a mystery.
Simon Hanna, Reuters.
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