03/06/2014

Sniffer Dogs Join Madeleine McCann Search

UK police officers have begun using sniffer dogs at the scrubland areas where they are searching for Madeleine McCann, the British girl who went missing from the resort of Praia da Luz, Portugal in 2007, when she was three years old.

At least 30 officers from the Metropolitan Police and South Wales Police joined the search on Tuesday morning with two spaniel dogs. They are currently working with Portuguese counterparts to search the section of scrubland that is five minutes away from the resort where Madeleine disappeared.

The 15-acre site is covered with trees and long grass, which may be cut by the police to facilitate the search. The area marked with British police tape is being patrolled by guard dogs led by officers from the GNR, the Portuguese national police.

A ground-penetrating radar is to be used later to look for signs of disturbed earth.

Last March, British police said they were seeking an intruder who sexually abused five girls in the Algarve between 2004 and 2006, in connection with the Madeleine McCann case.

(CVS/IT)

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