Madeleine McCann investigators say 18 assaults may be linked

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Madeleine McCann Investigators Say 18 Assaults May Be Linked


There has been a new development in the disappearance of British toddler Madeleine McCann.

The BBC reports British police investigating the girl's disappearance are now examining potentially linked break-ins by a lone intruder into villas in Algarve, Portugal.

According to Channel 5 News these six new incidents include five new cases of sexual assault of British girls on holiday in Portugal and one "near miss" in which the intruder was "essentially stopped before he attacked."

That means there are now 18 "potentially linked crimes" at Portuguese resorts near the one where 3-year-old Madeleine disappeared during a family vacation in June 2007, reports CNN.

According to The Guardian, these six new cases were reported after police issued an appeal for information last month about a predator breaking into hotel rooms of British families who were on vacation.

Authorities had described the suspect as a tan man with short, dark hair who spoke in English with an unknown accent. ABC points out they did not release any new information about the suspected intruder Wednesday.

Scotland Yard told the BBC it hopes to begin "operational activity" in Portugal as soon as possible. It's unclear exactly what those operations will involve.

Madeleine McCann investigators say 18 assaults may be linked
Parents of missing girl Madeleine McCann, Kate (L) and Gerry McCann (R) pose with an artist's impression of how their daughter might look now at the age of nine ahead of a press conference in central London on May 2, 2012 five years after Madeleine's disappearance while on a family holiday in Portugal. Aged three at the time, the artist's impression depicts how Madeleine may now look, based on family photos of her, along with childhood images of her parents. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/GettyImages)
Kate McCann attends a press conference for the launch of the book 'Madeleine' in London, on May 12, 2011. Kate and Gerry McCann, the parents of missing Madeleine McCann, launched the book on their daughter's eighth birthday. Madeleine went missing in the Algarve resort of Praia da Luz on May 3, 2007, a few days before her fourth birthday, as her parents and their friends ate at a nearby restaurant. AFP PHOTO/Carl de Souza (Photo credit should read CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images)
Yellow ribbons and messages are tied to a fence in the village of Rothley, Leicestershire, on the day of the first anniversary since the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, on May 3, 2008. The three-year-old girl was last seen by her family on May 3, 2007 in their holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, southern Portugal. Her parents, who are official suspects in Madeleine's disappearance, will mark the day privately in Leicestershire.In a campaign entitled Light The Way Home, McCann supporters want candles to be lit and porch lights turned on between 9.30pm and 10pm to symbolise the time Madeleine went missing from her bed. AFP PHOTO/Leon Neal (Photo credit should read Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images)
People look at a photograph of British missing girl Madeleine McCann on the church notice-board prior to Saturday's mass in her memory Friday May 2, 2008 at Praia da Luz beach, Lagos, Portugal. Madeleine McCann disappeared from her family's hotel room during a vacation in Portugal's southern Algarve region on May 3, 2007(AP Photo/Paulo Duarte)
Undated e-fit image issued by London's Metropolitan Police Monday Oct.14, 2013 as part of the investigations into the 2007 disappearance of Madeleine McCann, then 3, in Portugal of a charity collector who called at the family's vacation apartment on the 25 or 26 April, between 1430 and 1500. He is described as Portuguese looking, aged 40-45 years old, with short dark hair, slightly grey at sides. He was carrying, a clip board or pad, receipt book, and an ID card with his photo on it - but in that photo he had a goatee beard. A number of e-fits are being released in a bid to identify various men and eliminate innocent sightings in the case that has stayed in the public eye for over six years. (AP Photo/Metropolitan Police)
Undated e-fit image issued by London's Metropolitan Police Monday Oct.14, 2013 as part of the investigations into the 2007 disappearance of Madeleine McCann, then 3, in Portugal, of one of two men who approached a property on the Rua do Ramalhete, near to the Ocean Club, on 3 May at approximately 1600. He is described as Portuguese, with medium length wavy hair, aged 25-30 years old. He is said to have spoken good English. A number of e-fits are being released in a bid to identify various men and eliminate innocent sightings in the case that has stayed in the public eye for over six years. (AP Photo/Metropolitan Police)
Undated e-fit image issued by London's Metropolitan Police Monday Oct.14, 2013 as part of the investigations into the 2007 disappearance in Portugal of Madeleine McCann, then 3, of a man seen on two occasions by one witness on 30 April, at approximately 0800 and 2 May, at approximately 1200hrs near the family's vacation apartment. He is described as white, 30-35 years old, thin build, short light coloured hair, shaved to 1cm in length, with spots on his face described as being caused by shaving. On both occasions he had black sunglasses with a thick frame, and was wearing a black leather jacket. A number of e-fits are being released in a bid to identify various men and eliminate innocent sightings in the case that has stayed in the public eye for over six years. (AP Photo/Metropolitan Police)
Undated e-fit image issued by London's Metropolitan Police Monday Oct.14, 2013 as part of the investigations into the 2007 disappearance of Madeleine McCann, then 3, in Portugal . The man was seen on 3 May near the family's vacation apartment at approximately 1600hrs. He is described as white, normal build, blondish fair hair, which is described as quite close shaven, aged between 30-35 years old. A number of e-fits are being released in a bid to identify various men and eliminate innocent sightings in the case that has stayed in the public eye for over six years. (AP Photo/Metropolitan Police)
Undated e-fit image issued by the Metropolitan Police of one of two e-fit images believed by detectives to be of the same man seen in the Portuguese town of Praia da Luz at the time of the disappearance of 3-year-old Madeleine McCann's in 2007. The pictures of the man police would like to speak to who were seen in and around the resort where Madeleine disappeared — will feature in a BBC "Crimewatch" program set to air Monday Oct. 14, 2013 Police said they would like to identify the men and eliminate the innocent as suspects. Since launching its own investigation, 41 people of interest have been identified by Metropolitan Police, including 15 U.K. nationals. (AP Photo/Metropolitan Police)
Former detective Goncalo Amaral poses with his book whose title translates as "The Truth in the Lies" Thursday, July 24 2008, during its launch in Lisbon. Amaral says in the book he is convinced that British girl Madeleine McCann died in the vacation apartment from where she went missing in May 2007. (AP Photo / Joao Henriques)
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