Officials from the United Kingdom have reopened the case of Madeleine McCann since it was shelved in 2008 due to new developments, including a supposed deathbed confession from registered offender Raymond Hewlett and several reported "sightings" of the now ten year old. An official spokesperson for the Crown Persecution Service has confirmed that Home Secretary Theresa May will announce a Yard investigation into the then three year old's disappearance in Portugal during May 2007. This spokesperson offered a statement Friday, June 21, 2013 which read: "Prosecutors from CPS London, and investigators from the MPS, visited their Portuguese counterparts on 17-18th April to discuss possible next steps in relation to the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. We continue to work with the police on this case.
Chief crown prosecutor Alison Saunders and deputy Jenny Hopkins have already traveled to Portugal to follow up upon leads believed to have been "cold" when the case was closed. In May 2013, a group of detectives declared a list of potential suspects confirmed by Detective Chief Superintendent Hamish Campbell who said there were a "good number" of persons of interest (including known pedophiles who were in the Algarve at the time of Madeleine's disappearance. Campbell also offered there are "further forensic opportunities" which may allow the case to finally be solved.
the case could be solved.
During 2010, Wayne Hewlett stepped forth to the UK's The Sun with a letter from his estranged father, registered pedophile Raymond Hewlett who lived one hour from the location Madeleine was last seen. Wayne claimed that his father had confessed that he had "nothing to do with" Madeleine's disappearance and that a "good gypsy friend" had gotten drunk and confessed to Raymond his involvement in abducting Madeleine so that he could be initiated into a gang notorious for taking children and giving them to couples unable to conceive. Wayne claimed that "Maddie (Madeleine) had been targeted. [Gang members] took photos of children and sent them to the people they were acting for. And they said yes or no."
Additionally, an American woman insisted via interview within The Huffington Post that she had seen Madeleine in a Spanish Montgomery County, Maryland, restaurant during March of this year. Additionally sightings since her disappearance have also been reported throughout India, Belgium, Cyprus, Portugal, France, and other locations.
Perhaps with the renewed investigation, Madeleine can be found. For more, go here.