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Madeleine McCann Update: British police say they'll trace 38 "persons of interest" in case of missing girl

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Madeleine McCann vanished from a Portuguese resort days shy of her fourth birthday. CBS

(AP) LONDON - British police say they have launched a full investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, and want to trace 38 "persons of interest" in the case.

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Detectives say it's possible that Madeleine, who vanished from a Portuguese holiday resort six years ago, is still alive.

Scotland Yard said Thursday that 12 of the individuals of interest are British, and the rest from a variety of European countries. The force says it is working with governments across the continent to find out more.

McCann vanished from a vacation home in Portugal's Algarve region on May 3, 2007, days before her fourth birthday. The case has generated intense media interest.

Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood said police "continue to believe that there is a possibility that Madeleine is alive."

Complete coverage of the Madeleine McCann case on Crimesider

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