Portuguese officials have received a letter from British prosecutors who are seeking to interview people who could be connected to the disappearance of Madeleine McCann in 2007.
The letter, which was sent Jan. 10, mark a step forward in making the first arrests in regards to the case. McCann was 3 years old when she was abducted.
No arrests have been made in the seven years since she was taken.
A source close to Kate and Gerry McCann, the girl’s parents, told the Mirror that three prime suspects are considered for arrest.
The letter will be forwarded to a court in Portimao, which will be tasked with investigating the case in Portugal.
It’s unclear when there will be any arrests.
The Metropolitan Police in London are seeking to meet three burglars who “carried out raids” in a Portuguese resort where McCann’s family stayed, according to The Week publication.
Phone records show the men made “numerous calls to each other” after McCann disappeared in 2007.
A spokesman for Madeleine’s parents told the Daily Mirror two weeks ago: “Whether the Portuguese will co-operate remains to be seen. It is a very sensitive issue with differences they have had.”
“Police want to be given a chance to arrest key suspects. It doesn’t prove they have Madeleine, but it will rule them in or out of the investigation and that is important,” he added. “Kate and Gerry don’t want to build up their hopes too high, but they realize it could be a significant new lead.