Portuguese man has come forward to report a possible sighting of
the day after she disappeared, it has been revealed.
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
private investigation team employed by
Madeleine's parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, last week.
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
Praia da Luz
in the Algarve on the night of May 3, 2007, as her parents dined with
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.
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.
told a newspaper: "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 Madeleine.
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."