Madeleine McCann disappeared from a hotel in Praia da Luz in 2007, and Scotland Yard recently announced that they would be reopening the case after receiving money to fund the investigation for two years. The son of a serial pedophile also came forward with the news that he received a letter from his father stating that he knew who took McCann.
"He said a very good gypsy friend he knew in Portugal had got drunk and let it out that he had stolen Maddie as part of a gang," Wayne Hewlett, the son of known pedophile Raymond Hewlett, told The Sun. "My dad said this gang had been operating a long time and had snatched children before for couples who couldn't have children of their own."
"Maddie had been targeted," Hewlett added. "They took photos of children and sent them to the people they were acting for. And they said yes or no."
Records show that Hewlett was living near the hotel the McCanns were staying in at the time of Madeleine's disappearance. Up until his death, Hewlett maintained that he had not taken the little girl or had anything to do with her kidnapping.
"I've done nothing wrong, nothing nothing," Raymond Hewlett told the Daily Mail from his deathbed.
Madeleine's parents never gave up hope that they would find their daughter and pressured Scotland Yard to keep searching for the little girl even as time has passed.
Now, Scotland Yard has announced that they will take control of the Portuguese investigation into her disappearance. Home Secretary Theresa May has agreed to fund the full-scale investigation, which is a critical resource for the organization.
"The Home Office remains committed to supporting the search for Madeleine McCann and we have always said that we would provide the Metropolitan Police with the resources they need to investigate her disappearance," a Scotland Yard spokesman told the Huffington Post.
Detective Chief Superintendent Hamish Campbell told the Evening Standard that Madeleine could still be alive, even after all this time.