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UK police probing more break-ins in McCann case

April 23, 2014

LONDON (AP) — British police investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann say they are looking into more cases involving sexual assaults on children in the area where the girl, then 4 years old, vanished.

Police say all 18 potentially linked cases involve a male intruder into holiday villas occupied by British families vacationing in Portugal’s Algarve region between 2004 and 2010. Some of those incidents involved sexual assaults on children.

Madeleine was reported missing in May 2007 from her family’s resort apartment in Praia da Luz on Portugal’s south coast. Her disappearance remains unsolved.

Last month police said a suspect may have been responsible for 12 cases of intrusions and assaults on children in the Algarve. Police said Wednesday further inquiries have identified six more cases.

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