Police investigating #MadeleineMcCann case rule out key suspect & want to speak to man featured in new e-fits seen with blonde child later.
Police in London have released computer-generated images of a new suspect in the disappearance of British girl Madeleine McCann in Portugal six years ago. The images were based on information from separate witnesses who spotted a man in the Portuguese resort on May 3, 2007, the day the three-year-old disappeared.
Another sketch of the man wanted for questioning in the Madeleine McCann case.
Police say one reading of Madeleine McCann's disappearance in Portugal in 2007 is that it has "all the hallmarks of a pre-planned abduction". Scotland Yard detectives have also said they are looking at burglaries and charity collectors in the area. Earlier, detectives released two e-fits of a man seen carrying a child towards the beach on 3 May 2007. But they have ruled out a previous sighting of another man by a friend.
A man thought to be a key suspect in the abduction of three year old Madeleine McCann has been identified - and ruled out of the inquiry. For six years detectives believed that a sighting of a man carrying a child close to her apartment was one of their best leads. But a review of the evidence has concluded that it was an innocent British holidaymaker carrying his daughter home from a creche.
E-fits have also been issued of two Portuguese men who police suspect of posing as charity collectors in Praia da Luz around the time Madeleine McCann was abducted. Bogus collectors targeted properties in the area on at least four occasions on the day the three-year-old was abducted, Scotland Yard has said.
Charity scam: These men, of Portuguese appearance, are thought to have been preying on tourists in the flats
One man, aged 40 to 45, knocked on the door of the apartment where the McCanns were to stay on April 25 or 26 between 2.30pm and 3pm, saying that he was a charity collector. The other, aged 25 to 30, approached a property on the Rua do Ramalhete, near the Ocean Club, at around 4pm on May 3, hours before Madeleine McCann disappeared.
Wanted: E-fits from sightings of men at Ocean Club complex. Police believe they could be the same person
Scotland Yard detectives are separately trying to identify two fair-haired men - thought to be Dutch or German - who were seen "lurking around" the Praia da Luz apartment on the night of Madeleine McCann's disappearance. He was described as aged 30 to 35 and thin, with short hair, shaving spots on his face and wearing a black leather jacket. Another witness saw a similar-looking man in the resort. Police say their presence close to the Ocean Club points to possible reconnaissance of the apartment complex.
Police investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann have said they had an "overwhelming response" to an appeal on the BBC's Crimewatch programme. Officers suggested that Madeleine's disappearance in Portugal in 2007 bore hallmarks of a "pre-planned abduction".
Hundreds of people have contacted the police with information over the disappearance of Madeleine McCann in an ‘overwhelming response’ to a fresh TV appeal, Scotland Yard has said.
Officers received more than 200 calls and 170 emails following last night’s BBC Crimewatch programme, with two callers giving the same name for the man shown on a new e-fit picture. Senior investigating officer detective chief inspector Andy Redwood said he is ‘extremely pleased’ with the response to the programme. The incident room is following up a number of enquiries,’ he said. ‘We will now take the time to follow these [up].’ He added: ‘Our appeal continues and later today I will be travelling to Holland, and tomorrow Germany, to continue the appeal for information.