A taxi driver has told Britain’s Evening Standard newspaper that a young girl – who looked like Madeleine McCann – got into his cab with four adults in Portugal’s Algarve, close to the Spanish border, the night after she vanished.
Five years after Madeleine’s disappearance, Antonio Castela says he has never been interviewed by Portuguese detectives.
British police recently revealed that they had identified “investigative opportunities” from existing evidence and passed them to Portuguese authorities.
“I think we are more hopeful now of finding Madeleine than we have been at any point since the early days after she was taken, really. That has largely changed with the review and the investigative review that has been undertaken by the Metropolitan Police,” said Gerry McCann, Madeleine’s father.
Madeleine’s parents are calling for the Portuguese authorities to reopen their investigation.
“I think our best chance of finding Madeleine and the person who has committed the crime is by the case being reopened,” said Kate McCann, Madeleine’s mother.
British police have released a computer generated image, showing how Madeleine might look now.
She was three-years-old when she vanished from her family’s holiday apartment in the Portuguese resort of Praia da Luz in 2007, sparking a global hunt.