BRITISH police investigating the disappearance of toddler Madeleine McCann nearly 10 years ago have been granted funds to extend the search by six months after identifying a person of interest.
Sunday Express reports the hunt was due to end in weeks, but a fresh lead persuaded the Home Office to extend it till September.
Police told the newspaper there is one individual they want to speak to who was in that area of Portugal when Maddie vanished.
Senior officers admit the lead is the "last throw of the dice” in the 10-year hunt.
About $18 million has been spent looking for Maddie.
The three-year-old disappeared from the family's holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in Portugal in May 2007.
Her parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, have vowed to "never give up” hope.
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