When it was reached earlier this month, a Met spokesperson confirmed E! News that the McCann case remained open, but they were unable to comment further on their active investigation – which is still a missing persons investigation.

Scotland Yard said last year that there is “no definitive evidence as to whether Madeleine is alive or dead” – and that remains the case. Metropolitan Police Commissioner Lady Cressida Dick told reporters in December that they worked “really, very closely” with the German authorities, but that they “would not expect every single material to be shared with us”.

“We continue to work very closely with our colleagues in the BKA … and the PFY,” she continued. “We still have our small team on it, and there is no significant change for us in terms of our resources or our attitude … We will continue until it is right, either because a lot more light has been shed on it and”, or someone was brought to justice. Or when we feel like we’ve exhausted all possible options. We’re not in either of those phases right now and the team is moving on. “

A source close to the investigation told the Telegraph in January: “There is no development at this stage. Of course I would like to see an end to this, but there is no reason to believe that it will [Brückner] could take us to Madeleine, and that’s the most important thing. “In a New Year’s message, the McCanns said that” the hope, energy, and determination to find it and uncover the truth remain unwavering. “