The Madeleine McCann disappearance case just got some major news that has police seeking three burglars in an effort to locate the girl that has been missing since May 3, 2007.
Authorities in Britain are looking for three individuals whose phone numbers were “red hot,” immediately after the little girl went missing from a Portuguese resort as her parents dined with friends a few yards away, according to Sky News.
The suspects allegedly made a very large number of calls and were in the area where Madeleine McCann went missing when she was just 3-years-old. British investigators want Portuguese police to interrogate the three burglars.
A Sky News correspondent following the case says in their effort to find out what exactly happened to Madeleine McCann when she disappeared from Praia da Luz almost seven-years ago, authorities uncovered cell phone records of the suspects.
Correspondent Martin Brunt stated:
“They were suspected of burgling one or more apartments in the block where Madeleine and her family were on holiday in the days before her disappearance.
“Madeleine went missing and within minutes the phones of these suspects were ‘red hot’ – they were talking to each other an awful lot.”
“Investigators have no idea what they were saying to each other. There are no recordings of the phone conversations, but the activity was such that it’s raised suspicions.”
The Metropolitan Police confirms an official letter has been sent by British prosecutors requesting Portuguese authorities find the three men and arrest them, or at the very least detain them in order to interrogate them about the 3-year-old’s disappearance.
Madeleine McCann’s parents are trying not to get their hopes up too high, although it seems like one of the most concrete leads they have had in a long time.
A spokesman for Kate and Gerry McCann told the Daily Mirror:
“Whether the Portuguese will co-operate remains to be seen. It is a very sensitive issue with differences they have had.”
“Police want to be given a chance to arrest key suspects. It doesn’t prove they have Madeleine but it will rule them in or out of the investigation and that is important.”
“Kate and Gerry don’t want to build up their hopes too high but they realize it could be a significant new lead.”
Some reports suggest that arrests in the Madeleine McCann’s disappearance case are imminent, however no official confirmation has been released.
The case, which has brought international attention, was reopened in 2011 and named Operation Grange by Scotland Yard.
Investigators have uncovered information that suggests that there was another burglary in the Algarve resort around the time Madeleine McCann disappeared — which also involved a child — however, the parents walked in and surprised the intruders who fled the scene.