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Madeleine McCann: Suspect Sketch Leads To Thousands Of Responses

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Madeleine McCann disappeared from a vacation resort in 2007, and because her parents never stopped trying to find her, the case has been reopened despite the passage of time in the hopes that someone saw something, anything, that might lead police to her captor. Now, a set of computer-generated images–based on witness descriptions–have been released to the public, and thousands of people have responded with phone calls and emails to investigators.

Scotland Yard detectives have teamed up with police from Portugal–where Madeleine was last seen–for the past two years to comb through piles of evidence and witness testimony in order to build a new case, and say they definitely have new leads. Unfortunately, it will take time to go through it all, and the same can be said for the public response to the suspect images. The pictures are a composite of the same man, described by two different witnesses who say they saw him carrying a young blonde girl away from the area where Madeleine’s family was vacationing.

“Detectives are now trawling through and prioritizing that material. This will take time,” Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood said.

Investigators stress that this man–who is described as white, between the ages of 20 and 40 and possibly speaking with a German accent–may be completely innocent. However, they need to track him down in order to rule him out.

“Whilst this man may or may not be the key to unlocking this investigation, tracing and speaking to him is of vital importance to us. We have witnesses placing him in the resort area around the time of Madeleine’s disappearance,” said Redwood. “This is far from our only line of inquiry and there will be e-fits released of other sightings as well, who we are equally keen to trace. These people were seen on the day of Madeleine’s disappearance and the days leading up to it.”

Image: Metropolitan Police Dept./CNN

Madeleine McCann: Suspect Sketch Leads To Thousands Of Responses
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  • http://whathappenedtomadelaine? stephen whitters

    I believe that Maddie woke up when her dad came to check on the children or she woke up ad he was leaving,picking up her blanket she went looking for mummy and daddy. I believe that she was ‘found’not stolen by someone who intended to help her find mummy and daddy,but then this person faced a decision either go to the police or take the child home and wait, then fear set in instead of being a hero for finding a lost child the finder now faced the prospect of being branded a pervert, I think Madelaine is still’local’ but possibly being raised in a rural situation or kept in a form of imprisonment like the American girls.

  • http://yahoo mrs jay

    a few years ago a reconstruction of events in portugal was shown on tv..
    i noticed things maddie,s dad said when checking on her sounded strange..
    it also mentioned that her mum was last to check on her, that they took it in turns every 30mns…. her dad said that when he went to check on her there was a man in her room???????????????? ja