The family of missing British girl Madeleine McCann on Thursday called an international appeal about a new suspect in the case “significant”.
This raises hopes of a potential breakthrough in the long-running saga that has captured public attention for more than a decade.
Three-year-old Madeleine disappeared from the family’s holiday apartment in southern Portugal in 2007, sparking a huge investigation, global interest — and several thoughts about what might have happened to her.
Detectives in Britain and Germany have announced that a 43-year-old German man with a history of child sex abuse was now a prime suspect.
Clarence Mitchell, a spokesman for Madeleine’s parents Kate and Gerry, said the couple both doctors were “grateful and welcome” the new appeal for information.