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April 26th, 2012
06:11 AM ET

McCann family spokesperson: Police sifting through 'mammoth' amount of leads in search for Madeleine

There's new hope in the case of little Madeleine McCann, who has been missing for five years. She disappeared during a family vacation in Portugal when she was just a toddler. Now, Scotland Yard is saying they have reason to believe she could still be alive.

British police released a composite photo of what Madeleine might look like today. She would turn 9 next week. The lead British investigator is asking Portuguese police to re-open the case.

This morning, McCann family friend and spokesperson Clarence Mitchell talks with Ashleigh Banfield on "Early Start" where he explains the 'mammoth' amount of information investigators are reviewing in an effort to find Madeleine. He says it's a combination of new and old leads that have led to renewed interest in the case.

"There are 195 potential leads, or investigative opportunities as the police like to call them, contained within historic file. That's something like 40,000 pieces of information - 100,000 pages. It's a mammoth task police have to go through," he says.

"Police are saying these 200 leads are historic, and there's new information that they won't specify," Mitchell adds. He explains the British investigators are organizing all this information to turn over to Portuguese police to reopen the investigation.

In this second video, Mitchell explains that the McCann family is no longer under suspicion and is working fervently with police to find their daughter.

Filed under: Madeline McCann
soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Brenda Preston

    What is up with the Zimmerman case......where did all that money come from???????

    April 27, 2012 at 1:26 am | Reply
  2. Brenda Preston

    I just pray that if she is still alive this doesn't tip of the kidnappers and they take her deeper underground....

    April 27, 2012 at 1:23 am | Reply
  3. marquisa

    My belief (intuition) has been that Madeleine's father sold her to be adopted by another family.

    April 26, 2012 at 11:24 pm | Reply
  4. Chrissy

    "The McCann family is no longer under suspicion and is working fervently with police to find their daughter". Really? Why wasn't this done 5 years ago? Probably because the police always focus on the family instead of following leads to find the child. This is sad and proves the ineptitude of the police. If my child went missing I'd sell everything I own and hire a private detective to find them because I wouldn't trust the police to do the job.

    April 26, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Reply
  5. LeighVA

    I really hope and pray this little girl is still alive, but that said, it's going to be horrifying to learn the extent of the abuse this sweet little girl endured if she is found. She was harmed the very moment she was taken away from her family.

    April 26, 2012 at 4:49 pm | Reply

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