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Madeleine McCann: New Search 'Will Be Useful'
The renewed searches in Praia da Luz will be "useful" in understanding what happened to Madeleine McCann, a former Portuguese attorney general has told Sky News.
Pinto Monteiro, who was in post when Madeleine disappeared in the resort of Praia da Luz in May 2007, explained that he believed the Portuguese and British are working professionally together in the latest phase of the investigation.
"All investigations deemed to discover what happened to Madeleine will be useful - we need to establish some certainty as to what happened," he said.
He added that the case was a complex criminal investigation due to "hundreds of false directions, hundreds of false statements ? some were well-intentioned and others just malicious".
Specialist teams have spent the past week on new searches.
Monday was a rest day for the detectives and search staff who will move their focus onto a new site on Wednesday. Today is a national holiday in Portugal.
The scrubland they cordoned off for the past week is once again open; most of the holes dug have now been filled back in.
A discarded Metropolitan Police evidence bag is one of the few items the teams have left behind.
The detectives have not revealed what intelligence led them to conduct the searches on the land which now seems to have been discounted from their investigation.
Portuguese police sources confirmed to Sky News that the next searches on Wednesday will take place on sites just outside Praia da Luz.