Madeleine McCann: After 11 years and 4 months, search for missing toddler could soon stop as funds run out
The probe into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann was granted £150,000 in March but her parents are afraid the funds may run out in less than a month stalling the investigation
The parents of Madeleine McCann are afraid that the expensive investigation into the case of their missing daughter could be shelved soon. The funding is likely to run out at the end of the month and it is reported that detectives have failed to come up with any significant clues in their latest trips to Portugal.
Three-year-old Madeleine disappeared on May 3, 2007 from the family's holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in Portugal. As of now, no fresh request for more money has been made from the UK Home Office. Madeleine's parents Kate and Gerry have been through a lot over the last 11 years and it looks as though another dark day is looming.
According to DailyMail, a source close to the couple who are from Rothley, Leicestershire said, "They have been here before. They simply have no idea if the search will abruptly come to an end or will carry on. It is a daunting prospect they face once more".
"Kate and Gerry are grateful to the Metropolitan Police for everything they have done over the years and hope of course that the inquiry into their daughter's abduction will continue if more funds are requested and made available," the source continued.
The police officers who were on the scaled down operation Orange Grange inquiry have secretly been visiting the Algarve to search for clues.
The probe was granted £150,000 by the home office in March. An estimated £11million has been spent so far in the search for the missing child. Madeleine vanished around 11 years ago and the investigation has been under fire for not coming up with any more information about the missing toddler.
The investigation was launched in the year 2011 and officers have gone through around 40,000 documents which were produced by the Portugal police who had conducted the initial investigation and by eight teams of private detectives who worked on Madeleine's case.
Around 600 'persons of interest' have been looked into and examined. Sightings of the child in Brazil, India, Morocco, and Paraguay, on a German plane and in a New Zealand supermarket were also investigated. The British authorities deeply criticized the Portuguese investigation of her disappearance. According to detectives, she was stolen by child traffickers, sex fiends or it was a burglary gone wrong.
Madeleine's parents took to social media to mark their daughter's 15th birthday by writing, "We love you and we're waiting for you and we're never going to give up".