According to recent reports the 10-year search for Madeline McCann could be coming to an abrupt end this week.
More than £11 million has been spent over the years to find the whereabouts of the girl who vanished from her holiday villa in Praia de Luz, Portugal in 2007.
Parents Kate and Gerry McCann are now anxious about whether or not the funds will be so readily available – but if not, the search known as ‘Operation Grange’ could end as quickly as this coming Saturday.
Despite the devastating news, Kate and Gerry have stated they will never give up looking for their daughter and have offered to out £500,000 of their own money into the search.
A spokesperson closely linked to the family stated: ‘They are encouraged that there remains work to be done that requires extra funding and they remain very grateful to all Operation Grange officers who are continuing to look for their daughter.’
A Home office spokesperson also stated: ‘The Home Office has provided funding to the Metropolitan Police for Operation Grange and the resources required are reviewed regularly with careful consideration given before any new funding is allocated.’
Whilst Scotland Yard added: ‘Funding is in place until the end of September. Any details about future funding will be released when appropriate.’