U.K. police seek 38 in Madeleine probe


British police said Thursday they were opening their own investigation into the 2007 disappearance of toddler Madeleine McCann in Portugal and had identified 38 people of interest across Europe.

A two-year review of the original Portuguese investigation, which is officially closed, had resulted in some new evidence, said Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood of Scotland Yard, the officer in charge of the probe. Police also still believe that Madeleine, who was 3 when she disappeared, may be alive.

“We have identified 38 persons of interest from a number of European countries. Twelve of those people are U.K. nationals who we believe were in Portugal at the time Madeleine disappeared,” Redwood said.

Neither Madeleine’s parents Gerry and Kate, nor the friends who were having dinner with the McCanns when she disappeared, were among the suspects, he said.