January 4, 2013, 9:06 am
Queenstown Police investigating a reported sighting of missing British girl Madeline McCann say they have identified the young girl seen in Queenstown on New Years Eve and are 'absolutely satisfied' that she is not the missing schoolgirl.
Detective Sergeant Brian Cameron declined to release any details of the identified child stating only that this was not the first occasion that someone had contacted Police remarking on the similarity between the two girls.
Media inquiries to:
Detective Sergeant Brian Cameron
in New Zealand Police Site, plus two more press statements here 'Child not missing British girl' and here 'Media Statement'
One has to ask why didn't S.Y. trust their counterparts in NZ, and what gives them the right to ask for the little girl's DNA?
Update Feb. 12, 2013 GMT
DNA Test Confirms Identity
February 13, 2013, 1:42 pm
Southern Police advise that they have received confirmation from Scotland Yard that a DNA sample provided voluntarily from a girl mistaken as missing British girl Madeleine McCann on New Year's Eve in Queenstown last year does not provide a match for that of the missing girl.
At the time of the sighting Police made thorough inquiries into the sighting and were completely satisfied that the girl was not Madeleine McCann. The DNA test result, as requested by Operation Grange - the British police operation investigating Madeleine McCann's disappearance - supports and confirms the original Police investigation into the matter.
The sighting is the second of the same girl, the first being in March 2012. At that time Operation Grange did not exist and therefore there was no follow-up request for a DNA test by British authorities.
Police say that at no stage has the girl been identified by NZ Police. Her family has made it very clear that although they appreciate the concerns raised by the public, the family wish to maintain their own and their daughter's privacy.
Given that there is conclusive evidence that their daughter is not Madeleine McCann and has no connection to Madeleine McCann, it is only right that she and her family are entitled to a level of privacy that most of us enjoy.
The family has asked that their privacy continues to be respected and do not want any contact from media.
Released by Detective Inspector Steve McGregor, Southern District Crime Services Manager
in NZ Police site
NZ girl is not Madeleine McCann
British police say a DNA test has confirmed a New Zealand girl who looks strikingly like Madeleine McCann is not the missing youngster.
A spokeswoman for London's Metropolitan Police said the requested sample from the Queenstown girl had been tested.
"Following a DNA submission we are now satisfied the girl identified in New Zealand is not Madeleine McCann," the spokeswoman said.
British police had requested the DNA sample after an alleged reported sighting of Madeleine in New Zealand, almost six years after she went missing during a family holiday in Portugal at the age of three.
There have been several other reported sightings of Madeleine in the Queenstown region in recent years and police said DNA sampling was a conclusive way to establish the identity of the New Zealand girl.
New Zealand police said the DNA requested by Scotland Yard was given voluntarily.
APNZ News Service