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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