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Investigators in Madeleine McCann case contact Australian police over body

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British police officers working on the Madeleine McCann case have contacted authorities in Australia after the remains of a young girl were discovered in early July. However, Australian Police Commissioner has said that there is "no evidence" at this point to suggest that the deceased is in fact Madeleine McCann.

The body of a girl aged between 2 and 4 years of age were found stuffed into a suitcase beside a motorway just outside Adelaide. At the time of Madeleine's disappearance in May 2007, she was just 3 years old prompting contact from the Met given the age match.

Australian police have been working hard on the case but as of yet have been unable to identify the young girl. The focus of the investigation remains on Southern Australia and investigators are working through lists of missing children in the hopes of finding a match.

Police Commissioner Grant Stevens stressed "There is absolutely no evidence at this point in time that the child is Madeleine McCann. To suggest something like that at this point in time would purely be speculating to get attention." He added "Until we ascertain the identity of the child we need to be open to all possibilities."

Last year, British police cordoned off an area in the Algarve near to the resort the McCann's stayed at in 2007. Despite a thorough search and the interviewing of 11 locals, no evidence was found to shed any more light on the case. The Met continue to offer a reward of £20,000 for information leading to a prosecution over the case.

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