(LONDON) — Portuguese authorities have reopened their investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, the British girl who vanished in 2007 while on a family vacation in Portugal.
The move comes following the “discovery of new lines of enquiry as a result of an internal review of their original investigation by the Portuguese Policia Judiciaria,” London’s Metropolitan Police said in a statement.
Scotland Yard added that the new lines of inquiry that Portuguese police are checking are, so far, “separate to the lines of inquiry” it is following.
The new probe into the missing 3-year-old will “run in parallel” with the investigation that is already being carried out by British police.
“This is a welcome development, but both sides of the investigation are at relatively early stages, with much work remaining to be done. This new momentum is encouraging, but we still have a way to go, and as with all major investigations, not all lines of enquiry that look promising will yield results,” Scotland Yard said.
Madeleine’s parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, have been briefed on the Portuguese police’s decision to reopen the case.
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Paul Cruickshank and Michael Pearson, CNN