LISBON — The parents of British girl Madeleine McCann, who disappeared in Portugal almost three years ago, will ask police to reopen the case to follow new leads, they said in an interview published on Saturday.
"We are going to ask for the reopening of the case. This is what we have come to do in Portugal," the father Gerry McCann told the weekly Expresso.
Private detectives working for the McCanns have "identified a new line of investigation", Gerry McCann said, "the trails leads to other trails and we have to convince the police to follow them".
Madeleine McCann disappeared from her family's apartment in the Algarve resort of Praia da Luz on May 3, 2007, a few days before her fourth birthday.
After a 14-month investigation, Portuguese police decided to shelve the inquiry.
Quote by Gerry McCann in the Mirror:
He also said that there were new leads to follow. He added: "Our private investigators have identified new information that needs investigating and other areas where we think there could be further meaningful information.
"But we have to be realistic. We do not have the same ability to follow up lines of inquiry that the police do."
However, the authorities, he complained, had hardly been providing a "Rolls-Royce service".
He said: "The key test is, 'Has everything that could reasonably have been done, been done?' And the answer to that is no. There's no law enforcement that's been pro-actively doing anything for 18 months."
Maybe that's because you let the 20 September 2008 deadline pass for the investigation to remain open, Gerry? Maybe Maddie might have been found by now had you not decided to piss about with the situation she "finds herself in"? Unbelievable.