The parents of missing Madeleine McCann face an agonising wait
for the results of a DNA test after a young girl suspected of being
their daughter was spotted in India
The girl fitting the description of Maddy, who went missing whie
on a family holiday to the Algarve in Portugal in 2007, was seen by a
British woman and two Americans in a market in the northern city of Leh.
The trio were so convinced it was Madeleine, who would now be
eight years old, that they tried to take the girl away from the Belgian
man and French woman who insist they are the child's parents.
Police have taken swabs from the youngster so that a DNA test can
be carried out and a team of private investigators working on behalf of
Kate and Gerry McCann are liaising with them.
A computer generated image released in 2009 showing how
Madeleine McCann might look aged six (Pic: AP)
It has also been reported that the passports of the girl's
family have been confiscated by the Indian authorities until the results
of the DNA test have come back.
A spokesman for Leh police said: "It all depends upon the
evidence like DNA for which help from Madeleine's parents and the
British police was required."
Kate and Gerry McCann's spokesman, Clarence Mitchell, said: "Our
private investigators are aware of the reports from India over the
weekend about a possible sighting of Madeleine.
"We are liaising with the Indian authorities over the incident
and await the results of the DNA test."