British police investigating the 2007 disappearance of Madeleine McCann, a 3-year-old British girl, from a Portugal resort have uncovered new details about two bogus charity workers operating in the area at the time. The two men are described as in their mid-50s, heavy builds, were seen knocking on doors inside the buildings. Investigators said that the men claimed to be fundraisers for disabled children. Investigators believe the men may be Eastern European. This new information has come to light amid other fresh investigative avenues including a series of child assaults in the area at the time.
Detective Chief Inspector Andy Greenwood said that the police are also looking for a man who may be responsible for sexually assaulting 5 British girls at the Portugal resort area. The unknown man gained access to a total of about 12 villas between 2004 and 2010. In four of the cases, he assaulted girls in their beds.
British detectives have also been investigating a series of thefts from resort rooms. Madeleine McCann disappeared on May 3, 2007 while her parents were nearby having dinner. Portugese police investigated Gerry and Kate McCann, Madeleine’s parents, heavily, and closed their case in 2008 without solving it. Massive speculation and accusations have surrounded the parents and there has been heavy international media scrutiny of them. Late last year, British authorities decided to reopen the case. Reports of the Portugal police suffering from tunnel vision in the initial investigation are now accompanied by reports that Portugal authorities are slow to cooperate with the new British inquiry.