Madeleine in Paraguay’: Cops launch manhunt after missing McCann is ‘spotted’

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Nga bobi March 9, 2016 15:03

Madeleine in Paraguay’: Cops launch manhunt after missing McCann is ‘spotted’

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A HUGE search operation is under way after claims Madeleine McCann was spotted in Paraguay, it has been reported.

Four police stations, the anti-kidnapping division, intelligence personnel and Interpol are investigating claims the missing child has been spotted, according to a local news outlet.

Miraz Ullah Ali, a researcher, claimed he spotted Madeleine, who would now be 12, in the city of Areguá.

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Madeleine McCann disappeared from her holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in 2007
Madeleine McCann disappeared from her holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in 2007 PA

Ali told Color ABC: “My team and I received the information that Madeleine arrived in Paraguay a month or two ago and is living in Areguá in the custody of a woman.”

Commissioner Sanny Amarilla, deputy chief of one of the police stations hunting the missing girl, confirmed four stations in Areguá, intelligence personnel from the Interior Ministry and local Interpol divisions are looking for the young Brit.

He said: “We are investigating neighbourhoods where there are foreign citizens, villas, condos, to see if there is someone with a similar description that corresponds to the newspaper clipping .

“This news stretches across the globe, it is very important. So if they are in the area we need to find this girl and return her to her family.”

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An artists impression of maddie aged nine, released in 2012. She would now be 12. Reuters

Kate and Gerry McCann have been made aware of this latest sighting and have appealed for anyone with information about their beloved daughter to come forward. But they did say they had never heard of the investigator in question.

A spokesman for the family said: “Kate and Gerry have been made aware of this sighting.

“They would encourage anyone who has any information about Madeleine to get in contact with officers from Operation Grange.”

Madeleine disappeared from a holiday apartment in Praia de Luz, Algarve in 2007 when she was just three-years-old. While her family have never given up hope of finding her alive, countless sightings around the world have come to nothing.

Since her apparent abduction, she has been ‘spotted’ in countries including Portugal, Sweden, Belgium, Morocco and The Netherlands.


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Speaking about this latest sighting Inspector Luis Ignacio Arias of Interpol in Paraguay questioned Ali’s authority, saying there is “nothing concrete” about him, but said Paraguay’s National Police will launch an investigation into the supposed detective’s story and his identity.

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Researcher Miraz Ullah Ali claims he saw Maddie in Paraguay

Paraguay Interpol blasted the investigator for not coming to them with his claims, saying “it should have been communicated to us”.

Sebastian Jara, from Paraguay Interpol, said: “We do not have anything I can add, except that we have begun to move with all our might , but for now we have nothing. Areguá is a very large and very populated city and this research caught us by surprise.”

Last month Kate said she believed Maddie was still in the Algarve
Last month Kate said she believed Madeleine was still in the Algarve. She’s pictured here with husband Gerry PA

The Met Police have said they are aware of the claims and investigating the situation.

Last month, Madeleine’s mum Kate McCann said she did not belive her daughter was ever taken out of the Algarve.

She said: “That’s where she last was and I don’t think she’s been taken a million miles from there. I’ve always said Praia da Luz is the place where I feel closest to her.”

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Nga bobi March 9, 2016 15:03
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