Indian Madeleine McCann sighting was fake

Parents conclude that the child spotted wasn't their daughter

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Parents conclude that the child spotted wasn't their daughter

A possible sighting of missing Madeleine McCann in India had sparked fresh hope that she was alive and well.

Photographs of Madeleine have been circulated for some time, with particular attention drawn to her unique eye.

A British woman on vacation in the country reported spotting a girl who looked remarkably like Madeleine at a market in Northern India on Friday night. She was accompanied by a French woman and a Belgian man, who told police that they were her biological parents. Police took their passports to verify their claims.

It was thought to be one of the most promising sightings yet, but Madeleine’s parents are said to have seen photographic evidence and concluded that the child is not their missing daughter. They are not expected to travel to India.

A spokesperson for the family said; “Kate and Gerry do not believe that the child seen in India was Madeleine. They have seen photographic evidence and concluded that it was not her. We remain grateful for people’s vigilance around the World. Madeleine is still out there and the search for her very much continues.”


Madeleine was three years old when she went missing from a family holiday in Portugal. Her parents had left Madeleine and her younger twin siblings asleep in their room to go to a nearby restaurant – when they returned for an hourly check-up, Madeleine was gone. She would now be eight years old, and there are many theories on what happened to her – including a book by criminal profiler Pat Brown which claims to offer a new theory, but which was swiftly banned from sale by the McCann’s legal team.


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  • Dominique

    No girl found in India but the Mccans saw her picture and their private detectives and their PR are connected with indian police who never hear about this???
    SRINAGAR The Jammu and Kashmir Police on Thursday denied media reports that a British girl who had reportedly gone missing in Portugal four years ago was found in Leh.
    Abdul Gani Mir, deputy inspector-general of police (DIG), said: “We have not recovered any missing foreign girl from Leh. There is no question of carrying out a DNA test since we don’t have the girl. Our field staff in Leh have confirmed that no such girl has been recovered by them.

  • Diana

    Actually, the McCanns’ legal team did not have Pat Brown’s profile barred from sale. They persuaded to drop it, but it is for sale on the Barnes and Noble web site and other places on the web.

    It appears that the “sighting” of a Madeleine look-alike in Leh, India was some sort of hoax. Since Clarence Mitchell, the McCanns’ long-time PR spokesman, was quoted in UK papers as saying that they were “liaising with” Indian police and awaiting DNA test results, one must wonder if people associated with the McCanns were not in on it. According to Indian police, there was no investigation and no DNA taken, so who was Mr. Mitchell liaising with, and what DNA was he talking about?

  • Niki

    If I may just correct you, Pat has not come up with a new theory . Pat has discussed and agrees with the police investigation, that the McCanns are involved, Maddie died in the apartment and the McCanns hid her body. These are the facts and NO the McCanns do not want that theory out there.

  • merina

    Some tweets from Jamie Wood (journalist, executive producer and editor of Sky News 17:00)(oldest at bottom)

    @Ech0mark Hi, sorry, we have never reported the story online because we phoned Indian police who immediately denied it was true
    Thu Jul 28 2011 16:51:01 (GMT Daylight Time) via web in reply to Ech0mark

    @ststama I can’t answer for them, all I can report is that when Sky phoned the police they said they didn’t know about a girl or a DNA test.
    Thu Jul 28 2011 15:09:14 (GMT Daylight Time) via web in reply to ststama

    @bl0ke No link sorry, our India bureau phoned the area’s top cop and he’s denied knowing anything about it
    Thu Jul 28 2011 14:18:58 (GMT Daylight Time) via Twitter for iPhone in reply to bl0ke

    One final attempt to end twit frenzy, spell it Madeleine or (wrongly) Madeline McCann, Indian police say they know nothing about it pls RT
    Thu Jul 28 2011 13:08:46 (GMT Daylight Time) via web

    For benefit of those following incorrect spelling “Madeline McCann” Indian police in Leh say they no nothing about a girl or a DNA test
    Thu Jul 28 2011 12:42:59 (GMT Daylight Time) via web

    @DRoseTimes Not only that, but the chief of police in Leh has told us he has no idea what they’re talking about
    1:38 PM Jul 28th via web in reply to DRoseTimes

    In case of any doubt over Madeleine McCann story, Sky News has spoken to Supt Vivek Gupta, senior cop in Leh – he knows nothing about it
    1:37 PM Jul 28th via web

    Story on Daily Mail website about DNA test on girl who looks like #Madeleine McCann, Indian police tell Sky News they know nothing about it.