Portuguese police won't reopen McCann case 0
A combination of images created on April 25, 2012 shows an undated handout picture of missing British girl Madeleine McCann taken when she was three years-old and a computer generated handout image released by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)showing an age progression picture of how police believe Madeleine would look like today, aged 9. (AFP PHOTO/METROPOLITAN POLICE SERVICE/TERI BLYTHE)
Portuguese authorities say they will not reopen the inquiry into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, a British girl who went missing while her parents were on vacation in 2007.
"There are no new elements at the moment that would allow for the reopening of the inquiry," Pedro do Carmo, the deputy head of the criminal police department, said Thursday, the news agency AFP reported.
The announcement comes a day after British police said they believe Madeleine might still be alive.
On Wednesday, Scotland Yard released an updated photo of what they believe the little girl would look like today.
Madeleine was four when she went missing during a family vacation in Portugal on May 3, 2007. She has never been located.
Police in London said they've uncovered evidence during a year-long review that leads them to believe the young girl is still alive.
They had hoped the new evidence would encourage Portuguese authorities to reopen the case, which has been closed since 2008.
Police are also hoping to speak with anyone who was at the resort of Praia da Luz between April 28 and May 3, 2007.
Madeleine's parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, were initially suspects in her disappearance, but were cleared of any involvement.
Since then, there have been sightings of the young girl, including last July when a British tourist thought she spotted Madeleine in India, and earlier this month when someone reported spotting her in Nerja, on the southern coast of Spain.