New images released in Madeleine McCann case

Undated efit images believed to be of the same man seen in Praia da Luz at the time of Madeleine McCann's disappearance. Photo / Metropolitan Police
Undated efit images believed to be of the same man seen in Praia da Luz at the time of Madeleine McCann's disappearance. Photo / Metropolitan Police

British police said the timeline and version of events surrounding the disappearance of Madeleine McCann has "significantly changed," allowing them to build their most detailed reconstruction of the case yet.

London's Metropolitan Police said that investigators have been able to "place more significance" on events the night the then-3-year-old vanished from a Portuguese resort in May 2007.

Det. Chief Inspector Andy Redwood said Scotland Yard's investigation has "significantly changed the timeline" and accepted version of events of that night. He did not elaborate on what has changed, but said he hopes when the public sees the new reconstruction more information will come in that will move the investigation forward.

The reconstruction - and pictures of men police would like to speak to who were seen in and around the resort where Madeleine disappeared - have featured in a BBC Crimewatch program.

Police said they would like to identify the men and eliminate the innocent as suspects.

Since launching its own investigation, 41 people of interest have been identified by Metropolitan Police, including 15 UK nationals.

- AP

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