The parents of Madeleine McCann have said they were feeling "encouraged" by this week's events, as British police carry out investigations on an area of scrubland close to where she went missing in Portugal.
Writing on their Official Find Madeleine Campaign Facebook page, the McCanns said: "We are kept updated on the on-going work in Portugal and are encouraged by the progress", the message said.
They added: "We would like to ask people to refrain from spreading rumours and speculation based on inaccurate press reporting".
Police have shifted their investigation from the centre of the town where Madeleine McCann went missing to an area of scrubland a mile away.
Madeleine McCann search police are focusing on an area where ground-penetrating radar equipment has picked up an image beneath the soil.
Seven years on from Madeleine McCann's disappearance, British detectives are in Portugal to meet with police.