Madeleine McCann (Pic: PA)
Madeleine McCann's family has played down a possible sighting of
the missing child in India.
Local police are said to be investigating after a British woman
spotted a six-year-old girl who appeared to resemble Madeleine in a
market in the city of Leh in northern India on Friday night.
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.
It is understood that the private detectives hired by Madeleine's
parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, to continue looking for their daughter
are not currently planning to travel to India but will liaise with local
McCann family spokesman Clarence Mitchell said: "The private
investigators currently searching for Madeleine have been aware of this
report from India for several days, and have been working to establish
"So far unfortunately there is nothing to suggest that this
sighting is any more credible than any of the many others we have had
over the last four-plus years."
Madeleine was nearly four when she went missing from her family's
holiday flat in Praia da Luz in the Algarve on May 3 2007 as her parents
dined with friends nearby.
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.