A Portuguese man has come
forward to report a possible
sighting of Madeleine McCann the day
after she disappeared, it was revealed today.
Carlos Moreira, 65, saw a
young blonde girl wearing pyjamas like those of the missing British
child in the back of a van on May 4 2007.
But he only contacted the
investigation team employed by Madeleine's parents,
It is understood that he did
not think the information was relevant until learning in a recent TV
programme that Portuguese police did not mount roadblocks following the
little girl's disappearance.
Madeleine was nearly four when
she went missing from her family's
holiday flat in
Praia da Luz
in the Algarve on the night of May 3 2007 as her parents dined with
At about 8am the next morning
Mr Moreira saw a young girl lying at an angle in the back of a white van
at a roadside snack bar near the Portuguese capital Lisbon, some 170
miles to the north.
He said she was with a man and
a woman who looked like gypsies.
It is understood Mr Moreira
was not certain that he saw Madeleine, but recalled that the girl was
wearing pink and yellow pyjamas similar to the ones the missing child
had on when she vanished.
He said: "When the van door
was opened, she did not wake up, as if she was drugged. This girl was
blonde and looked around four."
McCann family spokesman
said: "I can confirm that Mr Moreira has
been spoken to by the private investigators currently searching for
"I cannot go into any further
detail for operational reasons.
"He has done absolutely the
right thing in coming forward with his information despite it being so
long after the event."