According to the Guardian headline: “Case closed: No leads, no suspects but, say McCanns, the hunt for Madeleine goes on“.
I think it is inaccurate to state that the case is closed. This terminology expresses finality. As I understand it the case has stalled, no obvious progress is being made, therefore it has been shelved indefinitely. The case can be brought off the shelf and continued at anytime.
I would also question the use of no leads. In so far as finding Madeleine is concerned, I feel this is correct. However, this is not the case with no leads in relation to the McCanns being child neglectors, and being involved in the disappearance of Madeleine. Which leads the PJ to consider whether the McCanns have committed homicide and then disposed of Madeleine’s body. The McCanns claim that there had been a break in was a cover up, this leads the PJ to conclude that the McCanns had lied. This leads to the abductor story having no credibility. Therefore, it all leads back to the McCanns being suspects. They cannot officially be cleared of no involvement in the disappearance of Madeleine without an official inquiry of the facts surrounding the case. The McCanns must answer those questions they refused to answer put to them by the PJ. Only then, depending upon their answers can they legitimately be eliminated as suspects.