​Madeleine McCann Investigation Cost Expected To Rise $19 Million - Family Assumes Girl Is Alive

Author: Rob AdamsBy:
Staff Reporter
Sep. 19, 2015

The Madeleine McCann investigation continues after nearly a decade and has cost $15.7 million. The McCann family is still searching for the disappearance of their little girl. The UK said that the cost of the Madeleine case is still expected to rise, according to Daily Mail.

An additional $3.1 million is budgeted to use in the search next year. Home Office minister Lord Bates disclosed the figure in response to a written parliamentary question. The nearly $16 million price tag accounts for the cost up to June of this year.

Madeleine was a few weeks shy of her fourth birthday when she vanished from her family’s holiday apartment on May 3, 2007, in the Portuguese resort town of Praia da Luz. The McCann family had left Madeleine and her younger twin siblings asleep while they went for dinner with friends at a nearby tapas restaurant.

Her mother raised the alarm when she checked on the children about 10 p.m. and discovered her daughter missing. A series of suspects have been questioned, but there have been no solid clues.

Last year, British police dug a wasteland close to where Madeleine went missing in Portugal, but found no clues. Portuguese and British authorities continue to investigate her disappearance.

Madeleine’s parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, launched a massive campaign after she went missing. They say they believe she is still alive.

Lord Bates disclosed the full cost of the investigation in an answer to a written parliamentary question from Lord Black of Brentwood.

“The total cost of the investigation in to the disappearance of Madeleine McCann (Operation Grange), up until end of June 2015, is £10.1m ($15.7m). The Home Office has budgeted £2m ($3.1m) for the investigation in 2015/16,” he said. “The Home Office funds this work from the special grant budget. The level of funding provided to the Metropolitan Police in relation to this investigation is reviewed regularly and will continue to be monitored.”

The Met’s Operation Grange was set up in 2011 after Prime Minister David Cameron asked the force to “bring their expertise” to the inquiry following a request from Kate and Gerry McCann.

A spokesman for Madeleine McCann’s parents, Kate and Gerry, said they were “incredibly grateful” to the police for their investigation, and to the prime minister and the Home Office for “making it possible.”

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