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Still taken from    video of Madeleine McCann

Still taken from video of Madeleine McCann

Still taken from    video of Madeleine McCann

Still taken from video of Madeleine McCann

Still taken from    video of Madeleine McCann

Still taken from video of Madeleine McCann

Still taken from undated Madeleine Fund handout video of Madeleine McCann

Still taken from undated Madeleine Fund handout video of Madeleine McCann

Madeleine McCann

Madeleine McCann

Madeleine McCann

Madeleine McCann

Kate and Gerry McCann as they give a statement at the Rothley Court Hotel, in Rothley, Leicestershire after they were formally cleared by the Portuguese authorities of involvement in their daughter Madeleine's disappearance .

Kate and Gerry McCann as they give a statement at the Rothley Court Hotel, in Rothley, Leicestershire after they were formally cleared by the Portuguese authorities of involvement in their daughter Madeleine's disappearance .

An 'unending nightmare' for Kate and Gerry McCann

An 'unending nightmare' for Kate and Gerry McCann

Kate and Gerry McCann attending a church service

Kate and Gerry McCann attending a church service

Still missing: Madeleine McCann

Still missing: Madeleine McCann

Madeleine McCann

Madeleine McCann

Happy family snap shows Madeleine McCann, centre, with her family at a Donegal resort

Happy family snap shows Madeleine McCann, centre, with her family at a Donegal resort

Madeleine McCann

Madeleine McCann

Kate and Gerry McCann, parents of missing toddler Madeleine, walk to mass y  at their local Catholic church, the Sacred Heart in Rothley, England

Kate and Gerry McCann, parents of missing toddler Madeleine, walk to mass y at their local Catholic church, the Sacred Heart in Rothley, England

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Bouchra Ahmed Ben Aissa, 3, is seen at her home in Zinat, northern Morocco, Wednesday, Sept, 26, 2007. Bouchra is thought to be the Moroccan girl who was photographed by a Spanish tourist in Zinat and who was suspected of being British missing toddler Madeleine McCann. Madeleine vanished from the Portuguese resort Praia da Luz on May 3, soon before her fourth birthday.

Bouchra Ahmed Ben Aissa, 3, is seen at her home in Zinat, northern Morocco, Wednesday, Sept, 26, 2007. Bouchra is thought to be the Moroccan girl who was photographed by a Spanish tourist in Zinat and who was suspected of being British missing toddler Madeleine McCann. Madeleine vanished from the Portuguese resort Praia da Luz on May 3, soon before her fourth birthday.

Gerry McCann and his wife, Kate

Gerry McCann and his wife, Kate

Gerry and Kate McCann, the parents of missing girl Madeleine McCann, walk with their twins Sean, left, and Amelie outside of their apartment in Praia da Luz, southern Portugal, Tuesday, May 22 2007. The British 4-year-old Madeleine disappeared May 3 from the resort apartment where she was on vacation with her family and the police believe she was abducted.

Gerry and Kate McCann, the parents of missing girl Madeleine McCann, walk with their twins Sean, left, and Amelie outside of their apartment in Praia da Luz, southern Portugal, Tuesday, May 22 2007. The British 4-year-old Madeleine disappeared May 3 from the resort apartment where she was on vacation with her family and the police believe she was abducted.

Kate McCann, the mother of missing girl Madeleine McCann, walks with her younger daughter Amelie in Praia da Luz, southern Portugal, Friday, May 18, 2007. The disappearance of 4-year-old Madeleine McCann, the British girl who vanished from her hotel room in southern Portugal while her parents dined just 50 meters (yards) away, has captivated hearts and triggered debate around the world.

Kate McCann, the mother of missing girl Madeleine McCann, walks with her younger daughter Amelie in Praia da Luz, southern Portugal, Friday, May 18, 2007. The disappearance of 4-year-old Madeleine McCann, the British girl who vanished from her hotel room in southern Portugal while her parents dined just 50 meters (yards) away, has captivated hearts and triggered debate around the world.

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A missing person poster is displayed showing 3-year old British girl Madeleine McCann, stuck to a board at a bus stop near the resort from where she went missing, Friday, May 4 2007, in Praia da Luz, southern Portugal. Portuguese police searched Friday for the 3-year-old British girl who went missing late Thursday from the upmarket resort in southern Portugal where she was on vacation with her family. Writing says "Disappeared yesterday, if you see her contact the police".

A missing person poster is displayed showing 3-year old British girl Madeleine McCann, stuck to a board at a bus stop near the resort from where she went missing, Friday, May 4 2007, in Praia da Luz, southern Portugal. Portuguese police searched Friday for the 3-year-old British girl who went missing late Thursday from the upmarket resort in southern Portugal where she was on vacation with her family. Writing says "Disappeared yesterday, if you see her contact the police".

A Portuguese man has reported a possible sighting of Madeleine McCann the day after she disappeared

A Portuguese man has reported a possible sighting of Madeleine McCann the day after she disappeared

A Portuguese man has reported a possible sighting of Madeleine McCann the day after she disappeared

A Portuguese man has reported a possible sighting of Madeleine McCann the day after she disappeared

Kate and Gerry McCann, missing Madeleine's parents

Kate and Gerry McCann, missing Madeleine's parents

Still taken from video of Madeleine McCann

A Portuguese man has come forward to report a possible sighting of Madeleine McCann the day after she disappeared, it has been revealed.

Carlos Moreira, 65, saw a young blonde girl wearing pyjamas like those of the missing British child in the back of a van on May 4, 2007.

But he only contacted the private investigation team employed by Madeleine's parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, last week.

It is understood that he did not think the information was relevant until learning in a recent TV programme that Portuguese police did not mount roadblocks following the little girl's disappearance.

Madeleine was nearly four when she went missing from her family's holiday flat in Praia da Luz in the Algarve on the night of May 3, 2007, as her parents dined with friends nearby.

At about 8am the next morning Mr Moreira saw a young girl lying at an angle in the back of a white van at a roadside snack bar near the Portuguese capital Lisbon, some 170 miles to the north. He said she was with a man and a woman.

It is understood Mr Moreira was not certain that he saw Madeleine, but recalled that the girl was wearing pink and yellow pyjamas similar to the ones the missing child had on when she vanished.

He told a newspaper: "When the van door was opened, she did not wake up, as if she was drugged. This girl was blonde and looked around four."

McCann family spokesman Clarence Mitchell said: "I can confirm that Mr Moreira has been spoken to by the private investigators currently searching for Madeleine.

"I cannot go into any further detail for operational reasons. He has done absolutely the right thing in coming forward with his information despite it being so long after the event."



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