Spanish police have begun searching for Madeleine McCann in a Costa del
Sol holiday resort, it has emerged.
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 Photo: PA
Detectives are making inquiries in Nerja after a tip-off from colleagues
Portuguese police are understood to have received information from an
informant about a Madeleine McCann lookalike spotted in the town near
Officers from a specialist unit are said to have been mobilised after
being sent details of the sighting.
The development is thought to be connected to a new review of Madeleine
A new squad of officers has been brought in to re-examine the case.
The team, from the northern city of Porto, has been instructed to go
over the thousands of pages of case files and search for new clues.
The officers are working with a Scotland Yard team set up in May last
year to review the investigation into Madeleine's May 2007 disappearance
from the Algarve resort of Praia da Luz.
Respected Malaga-based daily Diario Sur said the fresh inquiries in
Spain were being carried out by officers from the Judicial Police's
Central Specialised and Violent Crime Unit.
Officers from the specialist police unit are currently searching for two
siblings who disappeared in a park in Cordoba, southern Spain on October
The youngsters' dad Jose Breton was arrested over their disappearance
and is being held in prison.
Police have failed to find any trace of Ruth, six, and Jose, two,
despite several searches of a family home with radar equipment.
Kate and Gerry McCann
The McCanns' Portuguese lawyer Rogerio Alves has described the
Portuguese police case review as a "very postive sign".
He said when news emerged of the creation of the new team: "Obviously
the most plausible explanation for what's happening is that information
passed to or acquired by the Judicial Police in Porto has put them on
the trail of something specific."