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Police ‘believe Madeleine McCann may still be ALIVE’

SCOTLAND Yard’s Madeleine McCann research team believes she may still be alive as they are treating the toddler’s disappearance as a missing case.

The top police unit, code-named Operation Grange, is still operating in the “active” investigation phase.

Scotland Yard's Madeleine McCann team believes she may still be alive

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Scotland Yard’s Madeleine McCann team believes she may still be aliveCredit: PA

A source told Online email: “The Met Police’s Operation Grange is still conducting its investigation into the missing person.

“Clearly the Met is more open-minded than the current German authorities.

“Madeleine’s parents have always said that if they were presented with real proof that she was dead, they would accept it.

“But the fact that Operation Grange still exists and is still receiving funding shows that the Met still thinks there is still work and investigation to be done.”

Operation Grange survives on a special £350,000 grant given by the Home Office to be used until 2022.

It is in stark contrast to the German authorities’ belief that convicted pedophile Christian B kidnapped and killed Maddie.

The convicted sex offender was first named as the alleged kidnapper of Maddie in a potentially significant foray by British and German police last June.

A McCann family source told The Sun Online: “Police are not telling us what is going on, we are in the dark as this is an ongoing investigation.

“But if it is him, and without direct and convincing evidence, he may never say a word. He doesn’t say a word now.

“He’s locked up for other crimes, so at least he’s in the best place – in prison.

“Portuguese police have looked at him before and last year they looked at him again. We don’t know what this means but without a confession we may never know.

“We don’t know what evidence the police have.

“Sadly, we may never know what happened to Madeleine. But we hope to find out. We don’t stop hoping after all these years.”

In November, Madeleine’s parents Kate and Gerry revealed that they “have hope” of finding their daughter after missing Australian toddler Cleo Smith was found alive and well.

Tot, voiced “Australia’s Maddie, disappeared from a campsite but was found unharmed 18 days later.

‘WORK AND PROGRESS’

Kate and Gerry have followed the case of a missing four-year-old child that bears some striking similarities to their daughter’s disappearance.

Her discovery has given the McCanns renewed hope that their daughter may still be alive after disappearing more than 14 years ago.

Maddie, 3, disappeared from her bed on May 3, 2007, while on vacation with her parents and family friends at a resort in Praia da Luz, Portugal.

It comes as Kate and Gerry liken the agonizing search for their daughter to “like dog day” as they face their 15th Christmas without her.

In a heartbreaking message With their supporters, Kate and Gerry revealed that “work and progress” continues in the global hunt for Maddie but “there is no significant development”.

The couple said that they had hoped for an outcome in their daughter’s fate now.

Renowned cardiologist Gerry and paramedic Kate, both 53, refer to the coronavirus pandemic and sadness “more people are suffering”.

Kate, who was back to work on the front lines of the NHS to help fight Covid and Gerry posted: “It’s like dog’s day with Covid and its demands on social distancing and face coverings and, sadly, more distressing for a lot of people.”

In an announcement on the official Facebook page of Operation Find Maddie, McCanns from Rothley, Leicestershire, wrote: “We were all hopeful and perhaps things would be completely different at this point.

“In some respects it’s a bit like the Madeleine investigation… work and progress is still ongoing but there’s no major news to share at this stage.”

A Met spokesman told Mail Online: “The investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann is continuing.”

A Home Office spokesman added: “The Government has provided up to £350,000 for Operation Grange between 2021-22.”

The apartment in Portugal where Madeleine went missing

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The apartment in Portugal where Madeleine went missingCredit: PA
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Huynh Nguyen

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