Police searching for Madeleine McCann are starting to
assess the response to their most detailed public appeal.
Detectives issued a description of a man seen on the night the
four-year-old went missing in the resort of Praia Da Luz in the Algarve.
Officers said the man was "carrying a child or an object that could
have been taken as a child".
Portuguese police went public with the appeal after pressure from
the McCann family to move the investigation on.
BBC correspondent Steve Kingstone in the Algarve said it was the first time
the police had given a detailed description of a man they wanted to
But it is not known how long detectives had known this information
or whether they believed the man abducted Madeleine on 3 May, he
The man is said to be white, 5ft 10in, medium build with short hair,
and wearing a dark jacket, beige trousers and dark shoes.
At a news conference, Ch Insp Olegario de Sousa urged the man or
anyone who had seen him to come forward.
He said the description of the man was given by one witness involved
in the case.
Dozens of possible sightings of Madeleine were still being
investigated, but none had so far proved positive, Mr Sousa added.
The BBC's correspondent said police were publicly playing down the
similarities between the man described and the only official suspect
in the case, Robert Murat.
Mr Murat denies any involvement in Madeleine's disappearance.
A spokesman for Madeleine's parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, said
they were pleased that there "appeared to be a new development".
On Friday the McCanns told the BBC of the guilt they felt at not
being with their daughter when she was abducted.
They said they were experiencing "every parent's worst nightmare"
and loved her "more than anyone could imagine".
Madeleine, from Rothley, Leicestershire, was abducted from her bed
in the Algarve resort
as her parents ate dinner at a nearby tapas restaurant.
The McCanns said criticism of them for leaving her in the bedroom
was "hard to deal with", but insisted that thousands of other people
would have done the same "in such a safe resort".