Madeleine McCann case: British police reportedly fly to Portugal to discuss three suspects

This March 2007 photo shows three-year-old British girl Madeleine McCann.

This March 2007 photo shows three-year-old British girl Madeleine McCann.  (AP)

British police have reportedly flown to Portugal to discuss the possible arrest and questioning of three suspects in the 2007 disappearance of 3-year-old Madeleine McCann. 

Sky News reported that four detectives from Scotland Yard had arrived earlier this week to meet the members of the Portuguese Policia Judiciaria who are working on the case. Sky also reported that among those British officials traveling to Portugal are Chief Inspector Andy Redwood, the man in charge of the operation in Britain. 

Earlier this month, British authorities sent an international letter of request to Portugal with the aim of helping them track down three potential suspects. The suspects are believed to be three men from a local burglary ring who made numerous calls to each other in the hours after Madeleine McCann disappeared from her family's vacation apartment in Praia da Luz, located in the southwest corner of the Iberian Peninsula, in May 2007. 

No arrests have been made in the case, which went cold after the Portuguese police eliminated Madeleine's parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, as suspects. In 2011, Scotland Yard set up Operation Grange to review the evidence in the case. 

The Daily Mirror quoted a source to the McCann family as saying "It is necessary for British police to request the Portuguese authorities allow them to operate on their turf. It means they have the intention of arresting and interviewing X, Y or Z. Whether the Portuguese will co-operate remains to be seen. It is a very sensitive issue with differences they have had. Kate and Gerry don’t want to build up their hopes but they realize it could be a significant new lead."

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