LONDON – Portuguese police and British detectives have returned to search the home of the only suspect in the disappearance of a 4-year-old British girl who went missing at a Portuguese hotel three months ago, British media reported Saturday.
Using rakes and hedge trimmers, police cleared vegetation from the property of 33-year-old Briton Robert Murat, which is 300 feet from where Madeleine McCann was last seen, the British Broadcasting Corp. said Saturday.
It added that Murat, who was with his lawyer, was not arrested. Murat has always denied any involvement in the girl's disappearance.
Portuguese police were not immediately available for comment.
The search came a day after Belgian authorities said they were investigating a reported sighting of the girl in Tongeren, an eastern Belgian town near the Dutch border. Police issued a drawing of a Dutch-speaking man reportedly seen with the girl and an English-speaking woman at a table outside a pub there.
Madeleine vanished May 3 after her parents left her and her 2-year-old twin siblings in their room while they went to a restaurant inside their hotel complex in Praia da Luz, a resort town in Portugal's Algarve region.
Her disappearance prompted an international search, and her parents have traveled throughout Europe and to the United States to publicize the effort to find her.
Murat is the only formal suspect in the case. Police questioned him but later released him, saying they did not have enough evidence to charge him.