updated 07/01/2008 AT 8:00 AM ET
•originally published 07/01/2008 AT 8:40 AM ET
Police in Portugal are planning to shut down the investigation into the May 2007 disappearance of toddler Madeleine McCann because of a lack of evidence, it is being reported.
The official end of the probe by the Public Prosecutor’s office is set for Aug. 15, according to Portuguese newspapers.
Clarence Mitchell, spokesman for Madeleine’s parents Kate and Gerry McCann, told the Associated Press the family had yet to confirm with authorities whether, indeed, the reports are true, but that no matter the circumstance, “Kate and Gerry will “never give up searching for their daughter.”
Ending the investigation would mean that official suspects, including Madeleine’s parents, would cease to be formally questioned.
In light of the news reports, Portugal’s attorney general announced Tuesday that his office would look into keeping the investigation alive – or shelving it.
The British girl, just a few days shy of her fourth birthday, disappeared in Portugal’s southern Algarve region over a family vacation. Authorities closed in on her parents and local man Robert Murat as formal suspects in the case.
All denied involvement. Since then, the McCanns have been through a roller-coaster ride of emotions, triggered by both false – and dashed – hopes for their child’s recovery.