1 May 2009

'Older' Madeleine image released

An image of how Madeleine McCann might look now, if still alive, has been released ahead of the second anniversary of her disappearance.

Gerry and Kate McCann are to distribute their daughter's image worldwide as part of their continuing search for Madeleine, who vanished aged three.

The McCanns used a forensic imaging artist to produce a photographic impression of an older Madeleine.

She vanished from a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal in May 2007.

Her parents believe there is "a very real likelihood" that Madeleine is still alive, and the poster shows her aged nearly six, smiling and with a pink head-band in her fair shoulder-length hair.

Alongside it is the well-known picture of Madeleine taken just before she went missing.

McCann spokesman Clarence Mitchell said: "This is the child that somebody who is close to Madeleine may spot, rather than the child in those other photos."

At the US National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, an artist used photographs of Mr and Mrs McCann at around the same childhood age to produce an "age progression image".

The couple believe it is the most realistic picture possible of how she might look today, said Mr Mitchell.

He said it was "difficult" for Mrs McCann see the image at first, but over time she got used to it.

The picture was unveiled on a US TV show on Friday, and in an interview to be broadcast there on Monday Kate McCann admits that there have been times where she has let herself "go to the worst" during her search for Madeleine.

She tells chat show host Oprah Winfrey: "I think it's natural …I know people mean well when they say don't let yourself go there …But as a mom, inevitably there are times when I do. And they're the times that I kind of dip down."

Gerry McCann concedes that cases of child abduction have the potential to destroy marriages.

But he adds: "We've been supported tremendously well and I think that's helped us stay strong and stay together."

To deal with the expected world-wide response to the new campaign, the family has hired private detectives and established a telephone hotline.

Anyone who has seen Madeleine is urged to contact their local police force or visit the McCann's Findmadeleine.com website.

The McCann's are said to be "incredibly hopeful" that the new image will spark the phone call that finds Madeleine and brings her home to her family.


source: BBC News, 01.05.2009

14 comments:

  1. No wonder that her own mother said she didn't recognize who that little girl was! No one would!
    It's not Madeleine at all!

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  2. Dear Joana,

    I noticed that the PT newspaper, Correio Da Manha, is offering a DVD about the case for 6,95 plus the cost of the paper. Is there anyway you can post a copy of the offer (I assume there is some sort of form you need to fill out?) from that paper on your blog? Many of us on the other side of the pond would gladly pay for a copy.

    All the best,
    Maria

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  3. them ears aren't for real are they ?

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  4. Querida Joana,

    Obrigada por sua força e perseverança, conheço poucas pessoas como voce.Parabéns pelo seu trabalho.Jamais me cansarei de te dizer isto.

    Gostaria de lhe fazer esta pergunta pois voce é sábia,vive na Europa e eu vivo no Brasil onde temos uma outra mentalidade mas me diga: por que os Mccanns nao encerram este assunto? Qual é o objetivo deles?
    Conheço casos de culpados que nao confessaram o crime e tudo o que els queriam era "colocar panos quentes sobre os fatos",ou seja silenciar para sempre.
    E por que Gerry insiste em estar presente na media?
    Obrigada pela sua resposta que me tirará desta dúvida.

    Obrigada,

    Maria

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  5. I just watched Tros Vermist, channel 1, Holland, where they talked about the disappearence of Madeleine. It was obvious that it was a request of the McCanns.
    The Maccanns are running to make smoke around Amaral, who will be in Holland next Monday and Tuesday.

    I loved the fact that the show also talked about Amaral's book, showed it in front of the cameras and told it is now possible to buy it in Dutch translation.

    Probably the man of the show has read the book and wanted to show the other side of the story.
    he is not stupid!

    I'm very happy.

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  6. Is that photo made by someone who used to work for the FBI?

    Now I understand why Al Qaeda could easily attack the States.

    And that Al Capone was never caught for his crimes.

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  7. This has got to stop, it really has.

    It's obscene.

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  8. 1 million and 933 thouwsand people watched Tros Vermist in Holland last evening.
    I had visitors, I could not watch it well but I recorded it and I watched it better now.

    The man who presents the show was cleary in favor of NO ABDUCTION, you could just feel it.
    His assistent too, a young lady.

    He gave much attention to Amaral's book.
    He told about Oprah, showed the FBI photo,last news about Maddie( (a Mediterranean man, about 30 years old is the new suspect, said Gerry).

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  9. Sorry for once again post a link to a Daily Mail article, but one has to read it to believe it! The xenophobic trashing of Portugal and the portuguese police lives on:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/artic ... wrong.html

    Read it on an empty stomach, or else you risk bringing everything "up"...

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  10. Vulcan ears...is she related to Mr. Spock or the person who created the image is a Trekkie?

    By the way, in the 3 Arguidos there are some very funny images of Kate and Michael Jackson, the resemblance is uncanning!(new satiricals thread, p.105)

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  11. Maria from Brasil,
    não se costuma dizer que a melhor maneira de esconder algo é colocá-lo à vista de todos? Se calhar esta é a resposta, a razão para a montagem do "Circo McCann"...há gente para tudo nesta vida!

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  12. No, nothing to do with the FBI at all! The agency is not stupid, someone from there as alredy made it clear they had no part in it.

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  13. So now there will be loads more reported sightings, this time of the new-look Madeleine, and no fair-haired six year old girl on Earth will be safe from interfering busybodies who think she is Madeleine McCann and phone the hotline. This is just another attempt by the McCanns to reinforce the smokescreen.

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