Police investigating the disappearance of schoolgirl Madeleine McCann have reportedly asked for more money so that the search continues. Little Madeleine McCann from Leicester, England, disappeared from her bed in a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal, on May 3, 2007. Her disappearance became the most reported missing-person case ever, but investigators are still struggling to find her. The search has cost over £11million so far, and there has to be additional funding for the search to go on.
The Metropolitan Police, who are in charge of police activity across London, are believed to have approached the Home Office to appeal for extra funds, the Daily Mirror reported.
The Home Office has confirmed that an application for further funding made by the Metropolitan Police was being considered now.
Here is a video of a debate on whether the funding should stop for Maddie’s search:
In 2007, McCann disappeared from the resort of Praia da Luz in Portugal while her parents were having dinner with friends.
According to the Mirror, Kate and Gerry have access to almost £750,000 to continue funding the search for their daughter. This is all thanks to their ‘Find Maddie Fund’.
The money in the Find Maddie Fund comes from donations and profits from Kate’s bestselling book.
The current fund runs out at the end of March this year. The Met Police have requested additional money that will keep the search on.
So far, government funding for the investigation has been agreed every six months.
A Home Office spokesperson said: “The Home Office has provided funding to the Metropolitan Police for Operation Grange and the resources required are reviewed regularly with careful consideration given before any new funding is allocated.”
Clarence Mitchell spoke on the behalf of the parents: “The Met Police will put in a further request for funds if they feel work still needs to be done. Money in the Madeleine Fund gives Kate and Gerry the option to pick up their own inquiries again, if they choose, with private investigators.”
Last month, police launched an investigation into the death of a private detective. He allegedly conned the McCanns after the body of Kevin Halligen was found at his Surrey mansion.
A spokesperson for Surrey Police told the Daily Mail: “We were called to an address in Guildford, on Monday following a report of a man in his 50s having been taken unwell, who subsequently died. The death is being treated as unexplained and a file will be passed to the coroner’s office in due course.”
The Mirror says that during his investigation, he boasted about being able to produce satellite imagery or telephone information from the night when Maddie went missing. However, when he handed over his elite ‘satellite imagery’, the McCanns realized it was only Goole Earth screenshots.
Halligen’s reputation was disgraced later on. He allegedly spent between £300-500,000 from the fund set up to help track Maddie down on useless tactics.
He would hire an actor to pretend to be a drunk priest. This person would walk around Praia da Luz and see if anyone wanted to confess.
Moreover, he would hire a personal chauffeur, buy expensive clothes and handbags, delicious meals and overseas holidays with his girlfriend.
Halligen was eventually dumped by the family in the late 2000s. Later on, he was arrested in the UK. He was eventually sentenced to 41 months in jail. However, he had already served 42 months in prison during the trial and was sent back to Ireland.
Here’s more on Maddie’s case.