Madeleine McCann investigators to ask for more money for ‘final line of inquiry’

More money is expected to be requested to search for Madeleine McCann (PA)

Police searching for missing toddler Madeleine McCann are reportedly set to ask for more funds so they can investigate one last line of inquiry.

More than £11 million has so far been spent on the probe to find Maddie, who vanished from the family’s holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in Portugal in May 2007, aged three.

With funding for the investigation in place until the end of September, the Metropolitan Police are to request more money from the Government “to pursue a final line of inquiry”, according to Sky News.

Maddie vanished from a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in 2007 (Rex)
Gerry and Kate McCann have welcomed the new line of inquiry (Rex)

However, police have given no details of the lead or why it is so difficult for them to resolve.

In March, the Home Office granted officers £85,000 to cover “operational costs” to continue with the investigation, known as Operation Grange, between April and September this year.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: “Funding is in place until the end of September. Any details about future funding will be released when appropriate.”

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Since 2011, the Met Police have been assisting with the search for clues about what happened to Madeleine, with officers visiting the holiday resort in 2014.

The youngster’s parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, of Rothley, Leicestershire, have vowed to never give up hope of finding their daughter.

A spokesman for the family told Sky News: “The McCanns will be pleased. The fact that the police feel there is still work to be done which needs funding is very encouraging.”

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