LISBON, Portugal – Portugal's attorney-general said Wednesday he would announce next week whether he plans to bring charges in the disappearance of British child Madeleine McCann.
Attorney-General Fernando Pinto Monteiro could also order the case closed or request that police continue to investigate the girl's May 2007 disappearance in Portugal's southern Algarve region.
"The 'Maddie Case' will have a solution on Monday, and you will be informed of it," Pinto Monteiro told reporters on the sidelines of an official ceremony. He did not elaborate.
Prosecutors have been reviewing the final investigation report on the girl's disappearance, just days before her 4th birthday. The attorney-general said he would make his decision early next week based on their recommendations.
Detectives have named the girl's parents, Kate and Gerry, and local man Robert Murat as formal suspects in the case. All have denied involvement in her disappearance.
Closing the case would mean the suspects would no longer be under formal investigation.
The McCanns, who have waged an international campaign to find their daughter, returned home to central England with Madeleine's younger twin sister and brother in September.
The case drew worldwide interest, and Pope Benedict XVI blessed the McCanns and a photo of their daughter during his weekly general audience at the Vatican a few weeks after her disappearance.