New hunt in unsolved Maddy abduction case reveals two UK expat suspects

Published:  12 Nov at 6 PM
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New investigations into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann seven years ago have identified a number of new suspects, two of whom are UK expats who were living in the Algarve resort of Praia da Luz at the time.

Portuguese police have declared the two Brits as formal subjects, (arguidos), and will be ordered to give DNA samples whilst being interviewed later this month. The two men are unknown to each other, and were living in the region at the time Maddy was reported missing.

Four more people have been identified as possible witnesses, two of whom are British citizens also living in the area. Questioning of the formal suspects and another five people will begin on 24th November and continue for four days, with the process also including the sampling of their DNA and its comparison with that taken during the unsuccessful 2007 investigation.

The investigation was reopened after a new search in the resort failed to provide new evidence. In July, the Portuguese police quizzed four locals, none of whom are now on the present suspect list.

Scotland Yard detectives are also following several new lines of enquiry in the locality, although the Portuguese police prefer the theory that three-year old Maddy was abducted by a foreigner. In September, a UK forensics team arrived at the resort in an attempt to revisit the evidence retrieved during the first investigation.
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