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Madeleine McCann Case: Kate And Gerry McCann 'Encouraged' By New Moves

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Madeleine's parents believe that their child could still be alive, five years after she disappeared
Madeleine's parents believe that their child could still be alive, five years after she disappeared

The parents of Madeleine McCann are "hugely encouraged" by the momentum in the case of their missing daughter.

Kate McCann is said to be "particularly pleased" with the new age-progressed image of Madeleine, saying it has strong family resemblance.

Mrs McCann and her husband Gerry have also joined Scotland Yard in urging Portuguese authorities to reopen the search for Madeleine after detectives said there were 195 potential leads to finding her alive.

McCann family spokesman Clarence Mitchell told BBC Breakfast that as the five-year anniversary of her disappearance draws close, Mr and Mrs McCann are said to be "coping as best they can".

The spokesman said that Scotland Yard "believe that it is quite possible that Madeleine could still be alive and that is what Kate and Gerry have said throughout the five years and they are hugely encouraged by all of this momentum in the case."

Above: The computer-generated image of Madeleine McCann that has reignited calls for the investigation into her disappearance to be reopened

Detectives in Portugal are also understood to want the case reopened but must gain judicial approval via the courts.

On Wednesday, the detective leading the Metropolitan Police review said the case could still be solved.

Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood said he believed her disappearance was a stranger abduction, as he said there were 195 "investigative opportunities".

However, the police refused to say what evidence they had uncovered to suggest Madeleine was alive.

It will be five years next week since the three-year-old went missing at the Praia de Luz resort in Portugal, as her parents dined with friends nearby.

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