Madeleine McCann: Latest Search Turns up Nothing; Parents Travel to Portugal in Libel Case

June 21, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

The search for Madeleine McCann, known as Maddie, yeilded no new results a few days ago in Portugal, according to reports.

The eight-day-long search in Portugal near where she was reportedly kidnapped came up short, police said.

London’s Metropolitan Police are trying to turn up evidence in McCann’s search. She disappeared around seven years ago on the Algarve coast in Portugal.

“The decision to search the ‘horse shoe’ shaped piece of waste ground to the west of Praia da Luz and other sites was as a specific result of the UK’s investigation work to date,” police wrote in a statement. “Forty-one ground anomalies were identified initially by both aerial survey and ground analysis which were then investigated fully,” the department added.

It added: “At this time no evidence relating to Madeleine McCann has been identified. However it has given us an essential understanding of the activity on and people that have used this piece of land.”

This week, the parents of McCann, Kate and Gerry McCann, slammed a former Portuguese police detective after he delayed a court hearing in the search for their daughter.

According to The Mirror, the McCanns delivered personal statement at the trial of Goncalo Amaral. Amaral is being sued for libel; he led the original investigation into the girl’s disappearance in 2007.

But he later wrote a book saying the parents allegedly covered up the girl’s death after she died in an accident.

Gerry said of the delay: “We’re exasperated that the hearing has been cancelled once again at Mr Amaral’s request. This is the fourth time this has happened and we’ve travelled to Portugal.”

He added: “The legal case has been running now for over five years and we want to get justice for Madeleine. Today is a blatant and cynical attempt to wear us down and it’s Madeleine who is suffering. We’re not going to give up – we’re going to keep going.”