Grandmother Susan Healy (pictured with
THE grandmother of missing Madeleine McCann have had to dismiss
a report that the missing youngster may have been found in India.
, the mother of Liverpool-born Kate McCann, told the ECHO: "Kate
has been in touch and told me it has been discounted."
But Mrs Healy, who lives in Allerton, added: "As Kate said, the
good thing about this reported possible sighting is that there is still
an awareness among the public about Madeleine.
"And while this may not have come to anything, we are thankful
that people are still looking – hopefully, next time, the result will be
Local police were reported to be investigating after a British
woman spotted a girl who appeared to resemble Madeleine in a market in
the city of Leh in northern India.
A French woman and a Belgian man who were with the girl insisted
they were her biological parents but police took their passports to
check, the Chandigarh Tribune newspaper reported.
Madeleine was nearly four when she went missing from her family's
holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in the Algarve on May 3 2007.
Portuguese detectives, helped by officers from Leicestershire
Police, carried out a massive investigation into her disappearance.
But the official inquiry was formally shelved in July 2008 and
since then no police force has been actively looking for the missing
child, who would now be eight.
Scotland Yard launched a review of the original investigation in
May after a request from Home Secretary Theresa May, supported by Prime
Minister David Cameron.
Hundreds of possible sightings of the little girl around the
world have been reported since she went missing, but so far they have
all come to nothing.