containing DNA linked to Madeleine McCann
has been found dumped by a road in Portugal.
white carrier bag
discovered in a layby two weeks ago near
Faro airport, the News of the World can
parents Kate and Gerry McCann have learned
the bag contained a
and a pair of
with traces of DNA that contained "moderate"
links to the missing four-year-old.
the find came as it emerged police hunting
for the youngster have asked the Mafia to
godfathers in Morocco-where there have been
several alleged sightings of Maddie-have
been told cops will scale back drug busts if
the bag, found by a passer-by, was sent to a
UK lab in Birmingham for forensic tests.
report showed experts concluded the clothes
contained bodily fluid and traces of hair
that could have come from Maddie.
items recovered from the bag included a
a green elastic band,
green child's T-shirt with
on the front
with a pink
said: "The bag could be crucial. The DNA
isn't an exact match to Maddie's, but it
"It is the
first clue found outside the apartment
complex and could provide a trail."
report-which was handed to detectives ten
days ago-was obtained by the News of the
World from Portuguese police sources.
contained more than 60 different stains.
concluded: "The blue fleece and jeans were
found to contain traces of congealed skin
found to contain DNA characteristics that
could be attributed to Madeleine McCann." No
traces of Maddie's DNA were found on any of
the other items.
clues will give Kate and Gerry, both 39,
renewed hope of finding their daughter alive
six months after she disappeared. Last night
a friend of the McCanns said: "It
potentially suggests that someone has taken
her then disposed of the clothing.
done it near Faro which could imply they
have gone in the direction of the airport.
It backs up the idea she was abducted."
Sunday the News of the World revealed that
the crack Spanish detective agency hired by
the McCanns, Metodo 3, are convinced the
youngster was snatched to order then
smuggled from Portugal to Morocco.
it looked like Mafia bosses will AGREE to
use their underworld connections in the hunt
who supply millions of pounds of cannabis
around the world effectively control vast
areas of the North African country. The
authorities believe Maddie may be hidden in
the mountainous Rif region and that the
Mafia there provide the best hope of finding
close to the Moroccan security services told
us: "The gangs can put the word out and will
be able to find out through the underworld
network connecting every city, town and
want to find out information, they can."
disappeared from her family's holiday
apartment in Portuguese resort Praia da Luz
on May 3, just days before her fourth