The investigation into Madeleine McCann’s disappearance is to be taken on by the Metropolitan Police.
Although not officially announced, the Daily Mail has reported the move after a two-year review by Scotland Yard into the Portuguese investigation.
The Leicestershire toddler went missing on holiday in Praia da Luz in 2007 when she was three, and would now be ten.
It has been reported that Home Secretary Theresa May has pledged funding for a full investigation by UK detectives.
The Home Office said: “[We] remain committed to supporting the search for Madeleine McCann and we have always said we would provide the Metropolitan Police with the resources they need to investigate her disappearance.”
The Scotland Yard review discovered new potential leads, but Portuguese police did not re-open the case, but the BBC has reported that a Met investigation would require the co-operation of Portuguese authorities.
A statement released by Scotland Yard said: “Detectives remain in regular contact with Kate and Gerry McCann and are working closely with the Portuguese police in an attempt to make further progress.”