Madeleine McCann case: Police to dig up Portuguese resort

Kate and Gerry McCann pose with a computer generated image of how their missing daughter Madeleine...

Kate and Gerry McCann pose with a computer generated image of how their missing daughter Madeleine might look now, during a news conference in London May 2, 2012. REUTERS/Andrew Winning

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, Last Updated: 12:13 AM ET

Police are set to begin excavating in two locations at a resort in Portugal looking for evidence in the disappearance of British girl Madeleine McCann.

Sky News reports police will search Praia da Luz, the resort where McCann went missing in May 2007. The three-year-old was asleep in a vacation villa and her parents were a short distance away having dinner when she disappeared.

British police were given permission on Tuesday to start digging at the resort. The exact sites where police will search weren't revealed but will be based on information given to Portuguese police over the past seven years, Sky News reported.

The case was reopened in 2013 after new evidence surfaced about a possible suspect. Last month, British police said they're investigating 18 break-ins in the area, nine of which involved sexual assaults on British girls between the ages of six and 12.


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