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