Police revisit 'ruled out' theory about Madeleine McCann's disappearance

Police in the UK are re-examining previous theories over Madeleine McCann’s disappearance.

One of the revisited theories is that the three-year-old wandered out of the villa in Praia da Luz, Portugal, in search of her parents in 2007, The Sun reported.

Kate and Gerry McCann have reportedly been informed by Scotland Yard they are pursuing this previous theory, which has since been discussed with Portuguese police.

Police had previously looked into this theory and are now pursuing the lead again.

Two previous leads over Madeleine McCann’s disappearance have been reopened. Source: Getty
Two previous leads over Madeleine McCann’s disappearance have been reopened. Source: Getty

One suggested theory from police is that Madeleine, then 3, was struck by a drink driver when she tried to find the Tapas bar her parents were in.

Police speculate that if this was the case, the driver may have put Madeleine’s body inside the car and later buried her, the publication reported.

Scotland Yard officers are also looking into the theory that Madeleine was the victim of a botched burglary.

The McCanns have been informed of Scotland Yard’s latest line of investigation. Source: Getty
The McCanns have been informed of Scotland Yard’s latest line of investigation. Source: Getty

The news of the latest lines of inquiry come just days after a former top cop said he believed Madeleine was taken by a child sex gang and that she may still be alive.

“She is most likely being held captive, possibly in an underground cellar or dungeon and could emerge at any time,” David Edgar, who was employed by the family for three years in the search for Madeleine, told The Sun.

Last week, the Home Office announced it would give an extra $263,000 to Operation Grange, which will keep the investigation into Madeleine’s disappearance going until spring 2019.

It has allocated a total of $20 million to the search so far.

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