The cost of the continuing British police investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann could soon hit £10 million.
The spend is part of a review into the case ordered by David Cameron in 2011, with an initial budget of £5 million.
Operation Grange has seen Metropolitan Police officers travel to Portugal to work with authorities in efforts to find new leads on the seven-year-old mystery.
The Home Office is proving funding to the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime for the operation, with the total standing at £7.9 million to date, according to figures released following a freedom of information request.
In 2011/12, £1.9 million was awarded, followed by £2.8 million in 2012/13, £2.6 million last year and £639,000 to date in 2014.
A spokesperson said the Home Office expected this year’s costs to be “broadly in line with previous years”, meaning it could bring the total to £10 million.
“The costs of the operation are regularly reviewed to ensure they are proportionate,” the spokesperson added.
Madeleine, from Rothley in Leicestershire, went missing on 3 May 2007, after she disappeared from her bed at the Ocean Club complex in Praia da Luz.
The three-year-old and her two younger siblings had been left asleep in a bedroom of the apartment while her parents dined with seven other friends at a Tapas restaurant 50 metres away.
She was discovered missing by her mother, Kate McCann, later that night but initial searches turned up no clues and a Portugese police chief, Olegario Sousa, later admitted that vital forensic clues may have been destroyed.
As part of Operation Grange, police have made renewed appeals on television in the UK, Ireland Netherlands and Germany with a photograph simulating how Madeline would look now, aged nine.
The Madeleine McCann case
The Madeleine McCann case
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One of the last photos of Madeleine before her disappearance
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Madeleine McCann was three when she was abducted during a family holiday in 2007
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A computer generated image of the distinctive burgundy long sleeve top worn by a man that detectives investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann are looking for
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An aerial view of the Ocean Club apartments and pool where Madeleine McCann went missing
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Kate McCann speaks to the press outside the court house in Lisbon on 12 September 2013 following the first audience of the McCann couple's libel proceedings against former inspector Goncalo Amaral for a book written about the case of their missing daughter
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Kate McCann and Gerry McCann before the start of the 'Miles for Missing People' charity run in Regent's Park in London, 2011
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Kate and Gerry McCann make an appeal at a press conference in the holiday resort of Praia da Luz, Portugal 7 May 2007
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The McCann's give an interview with a Spanish television channel at their home in Rothley
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Madeleine McCann was abducted in Portugal in May 2007
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Preliminary forensic analysis on samples recovered from the McCanns' hire car raised the possibility of a match with Madeleine's DNA profile, according to the leaked report
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Pope Benedict XVI blesses a photo of four-year-old abducted British girl Madeleine McCann, while meeting her parents Gerry and Kate McCann, after his weekly general audience at the Vatican, 2007
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Gerald McCann and Kate McCann speak to the press on 4 May 2007 at the Ocean club appartement hotel in Praia de Luz in Lagos after Madeline vanished while her parents were out to dinner
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Dozens of Portuguese police aided by dogs search for missing three-year old British girl Madelaine McCann in front of the Ocean club appartment hotel in Praia de Luz in Lagos
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Gerald McCann and Kate McCann walk holding their two other children outside the Ocean club apartment hotel in Praia de Luz in May 2007
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Madeleine McCann pictured at the age of three, left, and as she might have looked aged nine
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The parents of missing Madeleine McCann have described as "pure speculation" reports in the Portuguese press suggesting that a chief suspect in the disappearance of their daughter was killed in a tractor accident four years ago.
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Three year old Cally prepares to add a yellow ribbon to a floral tribute for missing Madeleine McCann in Rothley in Leicesteshire, 2007
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Everton captain Lee Carsley (L) leads his team onto the field, followed Mikel Arteta (C) and Manuel Fernandes (R) wearing Tshirts bearing a message of support for the missing British toddler Madeleine McCann, prior to the English Premiership match between Chelsea and Everton, at Stamford Bridge in London, 2007
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A poster appealing for information about Madeleine McCann at a Spanish railway station
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Former porn star Mark Sloan (L) was cast in the BBC's Crimewatch reconstruction of Madeleine McCann's disappearance
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McCann family spokesman Clarence Mitchell holds two artist's impression of the new suspect on 20 January 2008 in London. The description has come from British woman Gail Cooper, who was staying with her family close to the McCann's apartment in Portugal
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Clarence Mitchell, the press spokesman for the McCann family, releases a photofit image of a woman sought in the search for missing Madeleine McCann
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Police released two e-fits of suspect in disappearance of Madeleine McCann
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Convicted paedophile Raymond Hewlett, who is being sought in connection with the disappearance of Madeleine McCann
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An artist's impression of a suspicious man seen by a witness apparently watching the McCann family's apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal, the day before Madeleine McCann went missing
After shelving their inquiry into Madeleine's disappearance in 2008, Portuguese authorities said last October that a review had uncovered enough new information to justify reopening it.
In March, an intruder with a distinctive odour, who is suspected of breaking into holiday homes to sexually assault young girls, emerged as a new suspect in the Met Police’s investigation and in April, police confirmed they are investigating five new cases where young British girls were sexually assaulted during home-break-ins in the Algarve.
Since launching its own investigation, 41 people of interest have been identified by the Metropolitan Police.
Detectives have issued 31 international letters of request (ILOR) to mostly European countries in relation to some of the possible suspects well as accessing phone records.Reuse content