Cops re-examine Madeleine McCann theory
BRITISH police are re-examining a theory that Madeleine McCann left her family's holiday apartment to look for her parents when she disappeared more than a decade ago.
The latest revelation comes amid reports that Scotland Yard has told her parents Kate and Gerry McCann they are pursuing two vital new leads.
According to an exclusive by The Sun, one of these revolves around three-year-old Madeleine waking up and wandering out of the villa in Praia da Luz, Portugal.
Detectives from Operation Grange - the Metropolitan Police's probe into her 2007 disappearance - discussed the theory recently with Portuguese police.
Detectives there had previously explored whether Madeleine was searching for her parents, who were at a nearby tapas bar.
She may have been knocked down by a drink driver, they speculated, who put her body in the car and later buried it.
Meanwhile Scotland Yard officers also looked at whether it was a kidnapping or burglary gone wrong.
"A meeting took place recently at the HQ of the General Attorney's Office, which was attended by the prosecutor from Portimao who is in charge of the Portuguese inquiry," a source in Portugal said.
"One of the lines of investigation that continues to be pursued is that Maddie could have walked out of the holiday flat herself."
The Metropolitan Police refused to comment.
So far £11.6 million ($A20.5 million) has been spent on the search, with a further £150,000 ($A266,000) released by the Home Office last week.
This article originally appeared in The Sun and was republished with permission.