Madeleine McCann Ruled Out as Body in Suitcase in Australia

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Madeleine McCann hasn't been found. A body of a deceased female child found in Australia isn't the daughter of Gerry and Kate McCann. Their daughter, Madeleine, went missing back in 2007 when the family was vacationing in Praia da Luz, Portugal.

Earlier in July, Australian authorities discovered an abandoned suitcase. Inside the case was the body of a young, fair-haired girl, whom they estimated to be between two and a half and four years old. Madeleine McCann was three at the time she was abducted.

South Australia Police had warned British authorities that a match was "highly unlikely," and Detective Superintendent Des Bray extinguished all possibility on Wednesday when he announced, "Madeleine McCann has been totally excluded as a potential victim."

Since Madeleine McCann went missing back in 2007, there have been countless sightings of the little girl in countries all around the world. No one has ever been charged with her disappearance and the case remains open.

It is no doubt painful for the parents of Madeleine McCann to learn this wasn't their daughter's body found in Australia. Her discovery would have allowed them some closure. On the other hand, since it wasn't Madeleine McCann's body, they likely hold out some hope that she will one day be found alive.

Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.