Report: Portugal reopens Madeleine McCann case

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FILE - This undated file photo made available by the London Metropolitan Police, shows missing British girl Madeleine McCann before she went missing from a Portuguese holiday complex on Thursday, May 3, 2007. Portuguese prosecutors have ordered the reopening of the police investigation into the disappearance of British girl Madeleine McCann, after a review of evidence found new leads in the case, Portugal’s public broadcaster and British police said Thursday Oct. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/London Metropolitan Police)
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LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portuguese prosecutors have ordered police to reopen their investigation into the disappearance of British girl Madeleine McCann after a review of the evidence found new leads in the case, Portugal's state broadcaster and British police said Thursday.

The public prosecutor's office announced it had decided to reopen the case after "new indications" emerged, Radiotelevisao Portuguesa reported Thursday, adding that the statement gave no further details.

Officials at the public prosecutor's office could not immediately be reached for comment.

McCann family spokesman Clarence Mitchell confirmed the investigation has been reopened and said the family would comment later.

Scotland Yard said in a statement in London that the Portuguese prosecutor's decision "follows the discovery of new lines of enquiry as a result of an internal review of their original investigation by the Portuguese" police.

It said the Portuguese investigation will run parallel with British police efforts to find out what happened to the girl who vanished shortly before her fourth birthday during a family vacation in southern Portugal in May 2007.

Portuguese police closed the case in 2008 because authorities had detected no crime.

A team of detectives from Porto, in northern Portugal, began reviewing the evidence almost two years ago.

British police have also been sifting through the case files in Portugal and say they have identified new avenues of investigation.

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