Police: Madeleine McCann Investigation May End By Autumn

British police have confirmed that the Madeleine McCann investigation is expected to end by Autumn. The Mirror reports that there are no more forensic clues in the search for the missing tot, which has put investigators at a standstill.

It’s been more than nine years since Madeleine vanished from her family’s holiday apartment in Portugal. Aside from the official evidence produced by Portuguese detectives, the investigation behind her disappearance has been absolutely fruitless.

The Independent reports that Operation Grange, launched by David Cameron five years ago, has cost taxpayers dearly. In fact, officials have noted that so much money has been spent on Operation Grange, that other areas in the budget are facing cuts. In other words, the loss of tax money to this search is negatively impacting things.

Madeleine McCann was last seen on the afternoon of May 3, 2007. She had been left alone with her two infant siblings, while her parents — Kate and Gerry McCann — enjoyed drinks with friends at a nearby bar. Madeleine, only 3-years-old, vanished under circumstances that remain a mystery all these years later.

Over the course of the past nine years, numerous people have questioned why Kate and Gerry McCann were never charged with child neglect for leaving their young children unsupervised while they partied with friends. Portuguese officials released a statement recently, acknowledging that the parents would have indeed been charged with neglect in 2007, but detectives were trying to handle the case sympathetically. They believed, at the time, that the British tourists had left their children unsupervised as a sort of cultural norm.

As for the evidence in the search, the only real forensic evidence that has ever been produced in this case was gathered in the earliest days of the investigation. Portuguese authorities declared Kate and Gerry McCann “arguidos,” in their daughter’s disappearance — which means that they were declared heightened persons of interest, or suspects. That’s because sniffer dogs hit on evidence that someone may have died in their rental apartment. Furthermore, the trunk of the rental car they had obtained more than 20 days after Maddie’s disappearance contained evidence that Madeleine McCann was deceased.

More forensic evidence based on Portuguese investigators indicates that nobody had broken into the apartment, against claims made by both the parents of the missing girl. Fingerprints collected from a window in the apartment could only be attributed to the mother of Madeleine McCann.

It should be noted that neither Kate or Gerry McCann have ever been charged in relation to Madeleine’s disappearance, but to this day, there has never been evidence to indicate that an intruder entered their holiday flat to kidnap little Madeleine. No evidence has ever been confirmed to indicate that Madeleine McCann will ever be found alive.

With the case turning 10-years-old in just a handful of months, it has shaped up to be a truly mysterious international cold case. Millions in taxpayer monies have been spent by Scotland Yard in the search for the girl, against the evidence provided by Portuguese detectives, who were the original investigators from day one of this case. Do you agree with the decision to likely end this investigation, once and for all, by autumn of this year? Or do you think British detectives need to do further investigation?

Whether this case closes on a positive note or not, it’s safe to say that nobody will forget about Madeleine McCann. This case has gripped peoples’ hearts from all across the world, with people divided on whether or not detectives are focusing in the right direction. While numerous people believe that Kate and Gerry McCann had something to do with their daughter’s disappearance, there are still many people who believe that these two parents are living through a parent’s worst nightmare.

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