Portuguese police have appealed for information about a man who they believe
may have abducted missing British four-year-old Madeleine McCann.
Chief Inspector Olegario de Sousa asked members of the public to report sightings
of a 37-year-old white man about 5ft 10ins tall, wearing a dark jacket, beige
trousers and dark shoes
The man was seen in the Praia da Luz area, he said, on the night Madeleine
disappeared at around 21:30 local time. He was "possibly carrying a child
or an object that could have been taken as a child", Ch Insp de Sousa
"We appeal for that person to contact the police. We also appeal for any
person who saw a person fitting that description to contact the police,"
he added, before naming telephone numbers for witnesses to contact.
When asked about whether the man in question was the only named suspect in the
case, Briton Robert Murat, he remained vague, saying: "This description…
is a description that many people could fit… [because] we are trying not to go
down any wrong paths… if we make it more precise then we're complicating
Madeleine went missing on May 3rd from her hotel apartment as her parents ate
in a nearby tapas restaurant. Gerry and Kate McCann said in an interview with
the BBC earlier today that they believed her daughter was still alive.
"If anything really bad had happened we would have found her by now,"