Search: Madeleine McCann vanished in 2007
The Madeleine McCann mystery took a new twist today as it emerged that
Spanish police are searching for the missing girl in a Costa del Sol
Detectives are making inquiries in the town of Nerja after an apparent
sighting of a girl who resembles the child who disappeared days before
her fourth birthday.
The move is understood to be linked to a new Portuguese cold-case review
into Madeleine’s disappearance from a resort on the Algarve in 2007.
Portuguese authorities alerted Spanish police after a tip from an
informant that a girl resembling Madeleine was seen in Nerja, about 30
miles from Malaga.
There have been numerous claimed sightings of Maddy at various locations
since she vanished from an apartment in Praia da Luz while on holiday
with her parents. Malaga-based newspaper Sur said the inquiries in Spain
were being carried out by the Judicial Police’s specialised and violent
Police are also said to be searching for Ruth Breton, six, and brother
Jose, two, who disappeared in a park in Cordoba on October 8. Their
father Jose is in custody.
Rogerio Alves, the McCanns’ Portuguese lawyer, called the cold-case
review a “very positive sign ... the most plausible explanation is
information acquired by the police has put them on the trail of
Portuguese detectives are working with a Scotland Yard team. Parents
Gerry and Kate, 43, visited Portugal and Spain in a review of evidence.
“It’s absolutely right that the authorities follow up potential leads,”
their spokesman said.