To make matters worse for the family, funding for Operation Grange had also run out, meaning the McCann’s were uncertain about the fate of the task force set up to find their missing daughter.
The mysterious disappearance of Maddie McCann has remained one of the most famous missing person's cases in the world since the toddler was presumably abducted from the family’s hotel room in Portugal, back in 2007.
Operation Grange has slowly lost momentum over the subsequent 11 years, having been cut from 29 detectives to just four in 2015.
A spokesperson for the family made a statement on behalf of the McCann’s expressing their gratitude to the Home Office, "They are very encouraged that the Met Police still believe there is work left to be done in the search for their daughter and they remain incredibly grateful to the Home Office for providing an extra budget for the investigation.”
The extra funding will guarantee the search for Maddie continues until March 2019.