Madeleine McCann cops 'ask Home Office for more money to keep search for missing child going'
1st March 2019

The Home Office today received an official request from Scotland Yard to extend funding for Operation Grange – the investigation into her disappearance – until March 2020.

So far, £11.75million has been spent on the investigation after Madeleine vanished on holiday in the Algarve, Portugal, on May 3, 2007.

Parents Gerry and Kate left their three children – including toddler twins Sean and Amelie – sleeping in their apartment while they dined at a tapas bar – 120 metres away.

When Kate returned to check on the kids at around 10pm that evening, she discovered that Maddie was not in her bed and was missing.

And Metropolitan Police detectives are now hoping the extra finding will help them more closer to finding Madeleine, who would have turned 15 on on May 12, 2018.

In April 2012, UK cops released a computer generated image of Maddie showing what she would look like aged nine.

A number of potential leads have emerged since the little girl vanished, but none amounted to anything and no arrests have ever been made.

There have been more than 8,000 potential sightings of the Brit three-year-old since her disappearance, but police have so far failed to locate her.

Kate and and Gerry previously said they are "extremely thankful to both the Home Office and Scotland Yard for the continued funding."

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