Saturday, November 13, 2010

Madeleine sightings

One notable feature of the Madeleine McCann case was the number of supposed sightings of the little girl all over the world. Here are some of them:

  • Dorset – May 4, 2007
Malcolm Smith saw a "very upset" little girl wearing a pink top with a tall man at the Moonfleet Manor Hotel in Fleet, near Weymouth, Dorset.
  • Alvor, Portugal – May 5, 2007
Two British holidaymakers saw a drunken-looking man emerge from a white van cradling a child of about three at Alvor in the Algarve. Retirees Richard and Susan McCluskey, from Sunderland, also witnessed a "worried-looking" blonde woman running towards the van.

  • Lisbon, Portugal – May 5/6, 2007
A Portuguese woman called UK free phone police line Crimestoppers to report seeing a child who looked "just like" Madeleine with two women at a Lisbon subway station.

  • Gatwick Airport – May 8, 2007
Mary Jones contacted Leicestershire Police to report seeing Madeleine at Gatwick Airport.
She said she was "convinced" the child she saw - accompanied by a woman whose dark bob haircut "could well have been a wig" - was the missing girl. She speculated that Madeleine could have been at Gatwick en route for Marrakech in Morocco.

  • Spain – May 5 to 17, 2007
Leicestershire Police requested via Interpol that the Spanish authorities investigate a series of possible sightings across Spain.

The British force logged reports from Marbella, Huelva, Salou, Valencia, Pampaneira, Vera, Riviera del Sol and Guardamar del Segura.

  • Riga, Latvia – July 3, 2007
The Finnish embassy in Estonia passed on a report that a woman clutching a young girl "very much alike" Madeleine had been seen in Riga's old town.

  • Moroccoa – Spetmber 25, 2007

Spanish tourists took a photograph of a blonde haired girl being carried on a woman’s back. Interpol investigated.

The reported sightings were investigated but they all came to nothing.