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Missing Maddie – Spotted in Morocco?

Posted by cotojo on September 26, 2007

Update 6:30pm September 26th

It is now believed that the recent photo taken by a tourist in Morocco is NOT missing Madeleine McCann.  The child is thought to be the daughter of an olive farmer in Morocco.The McCann’s spokesman has said that it is disappointing news but the search will continue.Meanwhile, private investigators are believed to be working on the case outside of Portugal, as they are not allowed to carry out private investigations within Portugal. 3:30pm September 26th

There is new speculation that missing Madeleine McCann may be in Morocco. There have been several sightings reported throughout Europe since her disappearance on May 3rd.

There were two previous sightings in Marrakech, Morocco , both on  May 9th by different people and reports were made to the local police and to the Portugese Investigators.  

A third sighting followed later in the same month in the north of Morocco.  No news of these sightings were released to the press at the time. 

It has now emerged that there is a fourth sighting in Morocco 25 days ago by a Spanish tourist in the town of Zinat, and there is also a photograph taken on a digital camera of a small, light skinned, blonde girl being carried on an elderly woman’s back. 

Is This Missing Maddie?

The picture is now being analysed by experts and is also expected to be analysed by photographic experts from the UK based Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) who are also reported to be scouring many other photographs taken by holidaymakers who were in the Algarve at the time of Maddie’s disappearance. 

Maddie’s parents, Kate and Gerry McCann have made no comment on the recent photograph as it is reported that they are waiting for some kind of verification first as there have been many false sightings.

Although they were named as suspects in the case by Portugese Investigators, they have maintained their innocence and a new poster campaign is underway throughout Europe to raise awareness and keep the search for their missing daughter going.

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4 Responses to “Missing Maddie – Spotted in Morocco?”

  1. cotojo said

    Lisa – Yes it seems that this photo was taken just over 3 weeks ago and the picture handed over to the local police who in turn sent it to Interpol.

    Hopefully this will not be another dead end.


  2. Sophiagurl said

    gosh a new lead, hope this will lead them somewhere.

  3. cotojo said

    Sandy – Early indications don’t appear to hold much hope, but there are reports that experts will now be using facial mapping techniques as the photo is pretty poor quality.

    Again it’s a case of wait and see, but it would be nice if this was something positive and not another false lead.


  4. I hope this leads proves to be for real. It’s all so strange. Again, thanks for following this.

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