Missing Madeleine: Another Day, Another Revelation

By Stephen Webb, ABC News London

Portuguese police formally shelved their investigation in July 2008, but the hunt for Madeleine McCann is far from over. In the last few weeks, we have seen several developments in the case of the missing British girl. Today is no different.

Madeleine McCann disappeared in May 2007 while on holiday in Portugal with her parents. She was 3 years old at the time. This month, Portuguese police released 20,000 pages of notes from their investigation. Private detectives hired by the McCann family are following up any possible leads.

The U.K. newspaper the Daily Mirror today published sketches of a couple seen in Amsterdam with a girl who may have been Madeleine, just three days after she disappeared. The sketches, drawn exclusively for the newspaper by a police artist, show a moustached man in his 30s and a brown-haired woman in her 40s. They are based on the testimony of Anna Stam, a shopkeeper, who claims to have seen the trio in Amsterdam. Stam, 41, alleges that a young girl had told her: “My name is Maddy” and “They took me from my holiday.” You can read The Mirror’s article here.

Meanwhile, the Daily Mail, another U.K. newspaper, reported that there had been 107 witness reports related to missing Madeleine, but many were not followed up. Interpol official Alain Remue, the chief commanding officer of the Belgian Federal Police’s missing persons unit, told the Daily Mail that 67 of the reports were too vague. However, he reportedly said that the remaining 36 were investigated and passed on to Interpol in Portugal, but there was no response. ABC News contacted Interpol and the Belgian police, but neither was able to confirm the story. You can read the Daily Mail article here.

Another U.K. newspaper, The Sun, reported today that a woman who claims to have spotted Madeleine McCann in Belgium had told the newspaper that police had ignored her. Line Compere, 31, alleges she saw a girl of Madeleine’s description on a tram in Brussels, Belgium, just 12 days after Madeleine’s disappearance. You can read The Sun’s story here.

You can catch up on developments in the Madeleine case by reading our previous blogs from yesterday and Wednesday.

Tune into ABC's Good Morning America today for more on this story.

Photo Credit: Daily Mirror

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