Investigative journalist Mark Williams-Thomas has explained to talkRADIO why the police could be set to wind down the investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.
In a case which made headlines around the world, three-year-old Madeleine McCann went missing in May 2007 while on holiday in Praia da Luz in Portugal. Following a personal appeal by her parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, to the Prime Minister, Scotland Yard launched Operation Grange in 2011 in an attempt to discover what happened to the toddler following her disappearance.
Yesterday (Tuesday), the boss of Scotland Yard, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said there was only "one line of enquiry" left in the investigation and the inquiry could end "unless something else comes up."
"There comes a point when the police can't take this matter further," Mark Williams-Thomas told Julia Hartley-Brewer. "Millions of pounds later, they are no further forward in finding out what happened to Madeleine.
"The sad reality is the Home Office is saying they can't fund this any longer."
The former police officer added the investigation will never be completely closed, despite the lack of leads, and the fact Madeleine's disappearance doesn't fall within UK jurisdiction.
"This is unprecedented in terms of a British police force," he added. "They took on an investigation which doesn't involve them in any way at all.
"It will be put on the shelf until more information is found. It will never be closed."