Kate and Gerry McCann will make an appeal on the BBC's Crimewatch programme after “fresh, substantive” material was found as part of the British police investigation into their daughter's disappearance.
For the first time Scotland Yard is trawling through Portuguese mobile phone records in Praia da Luz identified at the time of Madeleine's disappearance.
Detectives say the process could be key to finding out what happened to Madeleine, and any person who was in the Algarve town at the time of the disappearance in 2003 could receive a phone call from the Metropolitan Police.
Since launching its own investigation, Scotland Yard has revealed that 41 people of interest have been identified, including 15 UK nationals.
Describing the Crimewatch programme, which will also feature a reconstruction and pre-recorded interviews with the couple, Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley, of the Metropolitan Police, said:
Detective Chief Inspector (DCI) Andy Redwood, the senior investigating officer on the inquiry, has also spoken of the work the police are undertaking:
Since the Scotland Yard investigation began:
- 39,148 documents have been amassed
- 21,614 of those have been processed
- They include information on Portuguese Police, eight private investigators and British forces such as Leicestershire Police