UPDATE 10/30/13 – The Portuguese police are stating they have identified the man they suspect kidnapped Madeleine McCann from a resort in Praia da Luz. They believe that the man worked at the hotel and took her after he was fired from his job, reports the Correio da Manha.
The man, who the police are not publicly identifying, was living in Lagos about 15 miles away from the resort. He died in 2009 after a tractor accident.
Authorities have talked to the man’s widow and are now searching for Madeleine’s body because they believe that he killed her. They also plan to return to the Ocean Club resort to re-interview employees.
A spokesman for the police department stated they can not confirm or deny what Correio da Manha is reporting.
Since the case was reopened last week there have been several agencies reviewing the case.
A spokesman for the McCann’s said last night the change of heart may be partly due to massive publicity lately, including an appeal on BBC’s Crimewatch and the recent discovery of a mystery blonde girl, Maria, who was found living with a gypsy family in Greece.
UPDATE 7/5/13 – British police states “We have identified 38 persons of interest from a number of European countries.” “Twelve of those people are UK nationals who we believe were in Portugal at the time Madeleine disappeared.”
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In April 2012, Scotland Yard announced they had 195 potential leads after looking at the investigation that the Portuguese police did.
There have been numerous reported sightings of Madeleine from France, Cyprus, Belgium, Spain, Malta, Australia and Morocco. Most everything comes back to Algarve, Portugal though. British detective made 16 trips there which yielded new information.
Frank Bode was returning home to Germany earlier this month aboard a Lufthansa flight from Ibiza to Munich, when he saw a girl on the plane that reminded him of Madeleine. So much so, he took a picture of her. Click here to see picture.
Back in July 2011, the Chandigarh Tribune reported that an American tourist tried to take a girl from a Belgian man and a French woman who said that the child was their daughter. Authorities have allegedly taken copies of the passports and took a DNA test on the little girl, but the chief of police, Vivek Gupta denied the reports and said no DNA test had been done and they were satisfied the girl was not Madeleine.
The DNA sample from a young girl in New Zealand taken in February 2012 proved to NOT be a match.
|This little girl was mistakenly thought to have been Maddie|
In July 2012, a commercial real estate developer from South Africa says he believes he has found the burial site of Madeleine McCann, and has released a video of his findings. Read story here.
In May 2007, Anna Stam reported to Dutch police that a little girl came to her shop and said her name was Maddy and she with a stranger who took her from her mummy. McCanns’ spokesman Clarence Mitchell who learned about the report in 2008, said it was a “disgrace” that the police did not tell them about the reported sighting.
In 2013, a woman came forward and said she reported seeing a girl that looked like Maddie in Montgomery Country, Maryland and the police never followed up on it.