17 years after little Maddie disappeared, the British Home Office is making additional money available for the investigation. The ministry has approved the Metropolitan Police up to 192,000 pounds (the equivalent of around 225,000 euros) for the period 2024/2025, the British news agency PA reported on Wednesday, citing a question in Parliament.

The British police announced their own investigation in 2011. The total cost of “Operation Grange” by the end of March would have been 13.2 million pounds (around 15.4 million euros), wrote State Secretary Andrew Sharpe. The budget is currently funding a team of three police officers and one other employee, all on a part-time basis.

Madeleine McCann, then three, disappeared from a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal, on May 3, 2007, while her parents were out for dinner. Photos of the girl went around the world. Madeleine’s disappearance took place 17 years ago this Friday (May 3rd). This month is her 21st birthday, PA reported.

In the summer of 2020 it became known that there was a German murder suspect. Christian B. is currently on trial in Braunschweig for other allegations. In the current trial he is accused of three counts of rape and two cases of sexual abuse of children in Portugal. Overall, the presumption of innocence applies.