British police said on Wednesday that there is a "possibility" that Madeleine McCann, the girl disappeared in 2007 while on holiday in Portugal, is alive and asked the authorities in this country to reopen the case.
"We truly believe that there is a possibility to be alive," said Andy Redwood, of the Homicide and Serious Crime at Scotland Yard in a quick meeting with the press, during which released a computer-altered photo that shows the likely appearance of the girl nearly nine years.
Little Maddie disappeared on the night of May 3, 2007, just days before the fourth birthday, in her room at a resort of Praia da Luz (Algarve, south), where her parents left before dinner with a group of friends a few meters away.
The case was investigated for 14 months and no results filed in Portugal, but the girl's parents, Gerry and Kate McCann, convinced that her daughter was kidnapped, pushed for the British government to the police determine a review of the different elements of the investigation.
The inspector Redwood said on Wednesday that during the review were detected 195 "research opportunities", but declined to reveal details about the tracks. He was limited to just say that some were eye.
"There really new information we're developing," he said.
According to British police, the Portuguese colleagues also want a reopening of the case, but the decision corresponds to justice in the country.