The search for Madeleine McCann is near its end, according to a report posted on Closer. Authorities in the UK have confirmed that detectives have just six months to search for the missing child before the case is officially closed. That means the investigation and search associated with the British girl’s disappearance could end without any closure. Will the world ever know what happened to Maddie?
The Irish News reports that Home Secretary Theresa May has saved the investigation from closing immediately by granting authorities more funds. She signed off for investigators to use another £95,000 in grant money toward looking for Madeleine and finding out what happened to her nearly a decade ago while her family vacationed in Portugal. The official end of the investigation was scheduled to occur this month, much to the publicized distress of the missing child’s parents. Now they have another six months to hope that investigators with Operation Grange do what is needed to either bring Maddie home or bring to justice the person or persons responsible for her disappearance.
— BBC Breakfast (@BBCBreakfast) April 6, 2016
Madeleine McCann vanished in May of 2007, approximately nine years ago, under incredibly suspicious circumstances. In fact, the child’s disappearance has long attracted scrutiny against her parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, for presumably neglecting her. That’s because they admittedly left the three-year-old child alone with her two infant siblings while they enjoyed food and drinks at a tapas bar with friends. It was during the parents’ fun time that the child disappeared.
Like many high-profile cases of this nature, social media has played a large part in keeping interest focused on the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. Unfortunately for the child’s parents, much of the interest has come in the form of anger, accusations, and demands for them to be arrested and charged in association with Maddie’s disappearance.
Over the past nine years, the investigation behind Madeleine’s disappearance has indicated a number of possibilities. However, investigators in Portugal (where the disappearance took place) declared the parents of the missing child as suspects in her case. Nothing ever came of this declaration, however, and the McCanns have never faced charges, nor have they ever been arrested.
— Chris Roberts (@Chris_Roberts23) April 6, 2016
— ann-kristine (@fiorifan) April 6, 2016
With six months being left in the investigation, it’s hard to say what detectives will be able to achieve after nine years of failing both the public and the loved ones of the missing tot. It’s also hard to imagine what may happen after the inevitable end of the investigation. The public has demanded answers in this case for nearly a decade, and likely won’t cease in doing so anytime soon. For Madeleine McCann, justice is on the verge of slipping through the cracks.
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