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Madeleine McCann investigation halted

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  • NEW: Mom Kate McCann says she wants access to the police files
  • Attorney-general calls halt to investigation of girl's disappearance
  • No evidence of a crime by the three people named as suspects
  • Madeleine McCann went missing on May 3, 2007, from Portuguese resort
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(CNN) -- Portugal's attorney general has told police to halt the probe into the disappearance of British girl Madeleine McCann -- but her parents vowed the search would go on.

Madeleine McCann disappeared while on holiday with her parents in Portugal.

The police case will remain on hold unless new evidence emerges.

Attorney General Fernando Pinto Monteiro's office told CNN the 14-month investigation uncovered no evidence of a crime by the three people named as suspects: Madeleine's parents Kate and Gerry and Robert Murat, a Briton living in Portugal.

Madeleine was nearly four when she vanished from her family's holiday apartment in Praia da Luz as her parents dined in a tapas restaurant with friends nearby.

Despite a huge police investigation and massive coverage in the Portuguese and British media, she has not been found.

Kate McCann said: "We look forward to scrutinizing the police files to see what has been done and what can be done."

She said they would leave "no stone unturned" in the continuing hunt for Madeleine by the McCanns' own private investigators.

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Kate McCann said she thought being named as a suspect by the Portuguese police had a devastating effect on the case.

Family spokesman Clarence Mitchell told the British Press Association said: "They should never have been arguidos [suspects]. The fact that they have emerged from this without being charged proves that."


He said their treatment as suspects had been a "distraction" from the main task of finding Madeleine.

"All of this has damaged their good reputations and they will have to assess where they go from here," he said. "The only thing they care about is finding Madeleine. We hope that the Portuguese authorities will continue to cooperate with their private investigation."

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