New funding means the search for Madeleine McCann goes on

Kate, Gerry and Madeleine McCann.
Kate, Gerry and an image of what Madeleine McCann might look like now. Photo credit: Getty

The hunt for missing British girl Madeleine McCann will go on.

The UK government has approved new funding to continue the search for the girl, who disappeared from a holiday apartment in Portugal in 2007, BBC News reported.

British media reported in March the Met Police's investigation may finally come to an end after eight years, with no new leads in the high-profile case.

Portuguese police led the investigation up until 2011 without success, so the Brits took over. Since then, more than £11 million (NZ$21 million) has been spent.

Her parents Kate and Gerry McCann said they were "greatly encouraged that the Metropolitan Police still believe there is active work left to be done" and remain "incredibly grateful to the Home Office for providing an extra budget for the investigation".

The amount hasn't been confirmed, but is expected to be around £300,000 - the same as last year.

"It shows that officers are still doing everything they can to get a resolution after all this time," said family spokesperson Clarence Mitchell.

"And it gives them hope that one day they may finally find out what happened to Madeleine."

One source inside the police told media there wasn't an "earth-shattering lead" they were following.

If still alive, Madeleine will be 16.



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