The disappearance of a girl in 2007, when she was 3 years old, is still being investigated by police nine years later.
Madeleine McCann vanished from a vacation apartment in Portugal where she was vacationing with her parents, Kate and Gerry.
Police officers questioned Vicky Haynes in late June 2016. Haynes was allegedly abused and raped as a child by Clement Freud, a disgraced British politician, and she claimed she would not be surprised to learn that Freud was involved in Madeleine’s abduction.
Freud died in 2009 aged 84. Freud reportedly befriended the McCann family while at his nearby villa in Portugal, but no evidence linking him to Madeleine’s disappearance has been presented.
“The Operation Grange team have considered the recent media speculation but we are not prepared to discuss our ongoing investigation to discover what happened to Madeleine McCann,” a police statement read, according to The Telegraph.
Police reportedly spent 90 minutes talking to Haynes.
This comes months after a strange advertisement appeared in a newspaper in Paraguay, claiming Madeleine had been seen living in the country.
The Mirror printed a translation of the ad's contents:
Citizens of Paraguay, Aregua,
My name is Miraz Ali, a private investigator from London. We have been informed that Madeleine McCann has been found living in Aregua, possibly with a woman.
She was kidnapped from her hotel on the 3rd of May 2007 aged three at the Praia da Luz complex in the Algarve, Portugal. Please look at the photo above.
She is now 12 years old and a photograph has been produced of how she would look when she was nine-years-old.
We believe two men were involved and left the country using a boat.
She has suffered in an indescribable manner.
There is a reward of 2 million euros for information leading to the safe return of Madeleine.
Some local media reports suggested police had launched a major investigation to try to find Madeleine.
It was later confirmed that Ali, the investigator named in the ad, had never been in contact with the local police.
“I've let my bosses know that in this district, no private investigator has arrived, nor have we any information about the missing girl supposedly being here,” an officer was quoted as saying by a local news channel.
Ali claimed he was working independently, reports the Mirror.