Police to dredge lake in search for Madeleine McCann

Madeleine McCann search continues as police plan to dredge Portuguese reservoir

THE SEARCH FOR Madeleline McCann has taken a new twist with detectives taking up ground searches for the first time in three months.

Officers are set to scour dense woodland around the Reservoir de Brevura, which is just 15 miles from where Madeleine disappeared, while divers will also search the lake itself.

The spokesman for Gerry and Kate McCann, who were told of the development yesterday, said: ‘They are realistic enough to know Madeleine may be dead. But any widening of the search area is encouraging and we would welcome that.’

The new searches follow newly appointed chief investigator Paolo Rebelo’s decision to go back over ground within a 10-mile radius of the holiday resort where the McCanns were staying when Madeleline disappeared.

Another weekend development to the case came as suspect Robert Murat learnt he is due to be formally cleared. In Portugal, if a suspect is not charged within six months their status is automatically lifted, unless a senior officer applies for an extension.

‘If they consider the situation resolved, his status will be lifted and he can get on with his life,’ Murat’s lawyer said.

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