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Madeleine McCann Search Extended With More Funding

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Kate and Gerry McCann hold an age-progressed police image of their daughter during a news conference to mark the 5th anniversary of the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, on May 2, 2012, in London, England. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

By    |   Monday, 13 Mar 2017 10:47 AM

The nearly eight-year-old case of missing British girl Madeleine McCann will continue, thanks to a $103,000 grant given to U.K. police, which will extend its search for another six months between April and September.

The funding reignites Operation Grange, launched in May 2011 after the girl went missing in Praia da Luz, Portugal, according to the International Business Times.

Madeleine disappeared at the age of 3 during a family vacation in the Portuguese town in May 2007. The case drew worldwide attention when the girl’s parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, were named as suspects by officials in Portugal four months after the disappearance, but police dropped charges in July 2008 because of insufficient evidence. The McCanns had lived in Rothley, Leicestershire during the incident.

The Mirror reported that police are searching for a Portuguese man who worked at the Portuguese resort, the Ocean Club, during the disappearance. Authorities say he "kept secrets" from them during the initial investigation. He may not be a suspect, but could have known people involved following a suspected burglary that went wrong.

"British officers are very keen to question him," a police source told the newspaper.

Several people have been arrested since 2007 in connection to the case. A suspect, Robert Murat, investigated in 2014 was later cleared by authorities.

"My conscience is clear and I have no problem speaking to police again," Murat told The Guardian following questioning by authorities as a person of interest.

The girl’s parents have continued to never give up hope in finding Madeleine, who would be 11 years old now. They are among the directors of the Find Madeleine fund, which has a website and suggests Madeleine is still alive with no evidence of her being harmed.

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The nearly eight-year-old case of missing British girl Madeleine McCann will continue, thanks to a $103,000 grant given to U.K. police, which will extend its search for another six months between April and September.
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