LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Police investigating the disappearance of British girl Madeleine McCann in Portugal have cordoned off an area of scrubland near where the child vanished seven years ago.

Officers have placed yellow-and-white police tape around the waste ground and are expected to examine it in coming days.

The scrubland is near the resort where Madeleine disappeared from her family's vacation apartment shortly before her fourth birthday.

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