Officers from a specialist Spanish unit are making inquiries in Nerja
after a tip-off from colleagues in Portugal ten days ago.
The information was sent in an email to a new team of detectives in
Porto who have re-opened the case.
Yesterday sources close to Maddie’s parents Kate and Gerry said they
were following developments closely.
They added the pair had no plans to travel to Spain until investigators
had examined the information further.
Officials in Nerja — close to holiday hotspot Malaga — called on
witnesses to come forward last night.
Town hall spokesman Antonio Gallardo said: “We haven’t been informed by
anyone officially about this sighting.”
The team in Porto is trawling thousands of pages of case files. They are
said to have received the new information from an informant. The
McCanns’ Portuguese lawyer Rogerio Alves called the review a “very
Madeleine disappeared in May 2007 from the Algarve resort of Praia da
Luz when she was three.
The latest information was passed to Spain’s Judicial Police’s Central
Specialised and Violent Crime Unit, which deals with missing persons.
Its officers are already probing two siblings who vanished in Cordoba
last October. Their dad has been arrested.