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Portuguese crime expert: 'Madeleine McCann died in that apartment'

As the 10-year anniversary of Madeleine McCann's disappearance looms, Portuguese crime expert Moita Flores claims that Maddie "died in the apartment"

Nearly 10 years after the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, her case continues to stay in the public eye.

With the police given an extra £85,000 by Prime Minister Theresa May to keep the case open earlier this week, the total cost comes to £11.1m.

And a Portuguese crime expert has now claimed he thinks the three-year-old died in the apartment.

Moita Flores claims that Maddie "died in the apartment" (Credit: Getty Images)

Moita Flores, who used to work in connection with the Policia Judiciaria, the Portuguese police who began the initial search, said: "Maddie died in that apartment, I have no doubt."

Reported on a Portuguese website, Flores apparently asked: "Why this child when there are so many others who have disappeared?"

He then commented on the abduction theory, saying: "It would have been impossible to get through a window with a child."

**READ MORE: Jodie Marsh and Kerry Needham debate whether Kate and Gerry McCann are to blame for Maddie's disappearance

Mr Flores made his comments to a Portuguese website (Credit: YouTube)

Clarence Mitchell, the spokesman for the McCanns told The Sun Online: "Kate and Gerry will not be fuelling any of this pure speculation with any comment whatsoever."

A source told the site: "There is no proof that Madeleine died in the holiday apartment or anywhere else, and until there is any shred of evidence her parents believe their daughter could still be alive."

They then said of Mr Flores: "This person is presenting himself as a criminal expert and is regurgitating claims made by Mr Amaral, he is repeating all the old assertions it seems for shock value."

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The McCanns tried to sue Mr Amaral for libel, but were unsuccessful (Credit: Getty Images)

The Mr Amaral referred to is Goncalo Amaral, the police officer who led the search for Maddie. He then wrote a book called The Truth of the Lie, claiming that Madeleine's parents, Gerry and Kate, faked an abduction story to cover up her death.

This comes after many celebrities have recently expressed their opinions on the case.

Goncalo Amaral with his book, The Truth of the Lie (Credit: Getty Images)

Jodie Marsh launched a Twitter rant about the parents last month, in which she said: "If it were my child I'd be on my hands & knees digging up the earth with my bare hands."

Karen Danczuk's opinion echoed Jodie's, as she wrote: "Anyone who says McCanns are innocent, just remember they left three children under the age of four alone to go out. Either way they have guilt!"

But property expert and TV presenter Kirstie Allsopp came to the defence of the McCanns this week, tweeting: "Have always though the McCanns did nothing wrong leaving the kids asleep nearby, it's something people have done worldwide since time began."

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