THERE have been more than 8,600 possible sightings of Madeleine McCann since she disappeared in 2007, figures show. The tragic youngster, whose face was splashed across newspapers around the world when she vanished, is considered the world’s most well-known missing child. As a result there has been 8,685 sightings of her in 101 different countries since she vanished on May 3, 2007. The credibility of the sightings vary, though some were considered reliable enough to spark local police investigations. These have come from countries as far away as Bolivia, New Zealand and even Papua New Guinea, figures released under the Freedom of Information Act show. There were six reported sightings between May 4-17 in Portugal, including CCTV footage that showed a girl matching Maddie’s description with two men and a woman at a petrol station in the town of Nelas. Another of the most serious potential sightings in Amsterdam was revealed when Portuguese police released their case files in August 2008. It showed a girl of blonde girl of Madeleine’s age and description told a shopkeeper her name was “Maddie” and she had been “taken from mummy”. The McCann’s were not made aware of this alleged sighting at the time… Read full this story
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