Desperate Kate and Gerry McCann have
forked out '500,000 on an 'A-Team' of former top spooks to find missing
The couple now have 'a global
operation' of dozens of retired FBI, CIA and even MI5 agents dedicated
to solving the mystery of her disappearance.
The top secret team has been given six months to solve the riddle.
Doctors Kate and Gerry, both 40, have
vowed to keep up the search for five-year-old Madeleine after the latest
sighting at a Belgian bank was ruled out.
And the couple, from Rothley, Leics,
have been reassured their new team of private eyes will follow up every
lead around the world.
Their spokesman Clarence Mitchell said: 'There is a global operation
working for Kate and Gerry.
'They are internationally-based with components in Britain, America,
Europe and other countries where sightings have been made.'
The new team, appointed three
months ago, is half way through a six-month contract.
Mr Mitchell explained: 'A sum of '500,000 has been committed to them
from the Find Madeleine Fund.
'They have been on board for a few months and are on a six-month
'For security reasons we can't go into detail of the experts involved
but it would not be wrong to say some are former military and police
personnel with a degree of expertise.'
Last night Mr Mitchell revealed there had been several more sightings of
Madeleine in Belgium on top of 30 reported in the past week.
He said: 'A number of these sightings have been well- meaning and have
been looked at but ruled out.
"There is a
global operation working for Kate and Gerry"
'Kate and Gerry are not getting
excited or upset by the reported sightings.'
A family source added: 'Unfortunately, with all the publicity, there
have been some copycat sightings which police are not taking at all
The couple's Spanish-based detective agency Metodo 3 are still working
on an '8,000-a-month retainer.
They are being kept on because of their local know-ledge and contacts.
Mr Mitchell explained: 'Spain, Portugal and North Africa still remain
the most likely places where Madeleine could be.
'However, with recent sightings in Amsterdam and Brussels, we have the
power to have investigators out on the ground immediately.'