FAMILY LIKENESS: The new image shows Maddie's likeness to
THIS is how missing Madeleine McCann
may look today – two years after she went missing
The picture was created by experts
used CSI-style forensic wizardry.
A growth spurt would have left Maddie,
who vanished in a Portuguese holiday resort aged three, with less puppy
fat and a wider mouth and nose – but with the same innocent eyes.
Forensic computer specialist Jovey Mae
Hayes employed cutting-edge techniques used in FBI missing person cases.
Her Michigan-based company Age
Progression spent hours studying pictures of Maddie and her parents.
Talking about Maddie’s resemblance to
mum Kate, 41, Miss Hayes said: “That resemblance will almost certainly
grow stronger as she gets older
“She has her mother’s cheeks and chin. She is at an age where the
structure of her face is discernibly changing.
“This will give it a slightly longer appearance, with less of the
chubbiness of two years ago.
“Her cheeks and mouth will, however, look fuller, with teeth coming
Miss Hayes, who has worked on scores of missing person cases, kept in
distinctive details, including the pigmentation in Madeleine’s right
She said: “Sometimes this pigmentation issue can vanish with age, but
some people, like singer David Bowie for example, retain it all their
Madeleine vanished in Praia da Luz on May 3, 2007, a few days before her
Her parents Gerry, 40, and Kate, will appear in a one-hour special on
the Oprah Winfrey show.
Oprah, 55, will interview the couple in front of an audience and footage
of them at home with their twins will also be shown.
The appearance, which they are not being paid for, will fall on the
second anniversary of Maddie’s disappearance.
A separate reconstruction of known events will be shown by Channel 4 on
Miss Hayes said that any kidnapper would want to change Maddie’s
appearance in order to avoid attention.
But as time went the culprit might feel safe enough to let her grow her
She said: “Her hair, if allowed to grow naturally, would be very
Oprah has ordered her own updated image from the National Centre for
Missing and Exploited Children in Washington DC.
The McCann’s spokesman Clarence Mitchell said: “Kate and Gerry see the
show as a very important platform to reach a global audience.
“Oprah has a high profile and reach and they felt that it was important
“They hope it will lead to crucial information that will bring their