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Search dogs are expected to be utilized on July 1, 2014, as authorities continue their search for missing British girl, Madeleine McCann, in Portugal, according to Ireland’s Independent. The report indicates that investigators will be interviewing suspects in the area as well.

Madeleine, who was about to turn four, vanished on May 3, 2007 while on vacation with her family in Praia da Luz, Portugal. Her parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, had been dining with friends and left the girl and her twin siblings in the villa where the family was staying. When the McCanns returned to their suite, Madeleine was gone.

The Independent reports that police officers from the United Kingdom will likely sit in on interviews conducted by Portuguese authorities. Up to eight people are expected to be voluntarily interviewed regarding the matter. The Scottish Daily Record reports four new suspects may be questioned.

According to the Independent, some of those to be questioned are Portuguese nationals, but others are from Russia. The Daily Record reports that the Mirror has learned that one of the individuals is a Russian businessman who runs a computer company. Three of the individuals have been linked to a number of burglaries in the area that took place before Madeleine’s disappearance, and worked at the Ocean Club in Praia da Luz, the report says.

The Daily Record reports that last month, an area full of heavy brush near Praia da Luz was searched by British authorities. In addition, South Wales Police were called in to help scour two other sites using search dogs.

Scotland Yard released a statement saying there is “still a substantial amount of work yet to be completed in the coming weeks and months... This recent work is part of ensuring that all lines of inquiry are progressed in a systematic manner and covers just the one hypothesis that she was killed and buried locally,” reports the Independent.

Anyone with any information regarding Madeleine's case should contact the McCanns through their website, www.findmadeleine.com, or call their investigation line at 0-845-838-4699.

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