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The dramatic difference between the known picture of Madeleine McCann, aged 3, and how she may look now, two years later

The dramatic difference between the known picture of Madeleine McCann, aged 3, and how she may look now, two years later

Former detective inspector Dave Edgar, hired by the McCann family to lead the investigation into the hunt for Madeleine McCann.

Former detective inspector Dave Edgar, hired by the McCann family to lead the investigation into the hunt for Madeleine McCann.

This illustration released Friday, May 1, 2009 by Harpo Productions Inc., shows a photo, left, and an age-progressed image, right, of Madeleine McCann, the British toddler who was 4 when she disappeared from a hotel room in Portugal on May 3, 2007. The age-progressed image, created by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, depicts what Madeleine may look like at age 6. Madeleine's parents Kate and Gerry McCann taped an interview with Oprah Winfrey on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" in Chicago on April 24, 2009. The exclusive interview is scheduled to air in the United States on Monday, May 4 and in the United Kingdom on Tuesday, May 5. (AP Photo/Harpo Productions Inc., National Center for Missing and Exploited Children)  **NO SALES**

This illustration released Friday, May 1, 2009 by Harpo Productions Inc., shows a photo, left, and an age-progressed image, right, of Madeleine McCann, the British toddler who was 4 when she disappeared from a hotel room in Portugal on May 3, 2007. The age-progressed image, created by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, depicts what Madeleine may look like at age 6. Madeleine's parents Kate and Gerry McCann taped an interview with Oprah Winfrey on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" in Chicago on April 24, 2009. The exclusive interview is scheduled to air in the United States on Monday, May 4 and in the United Kingdom on Tuesday, May 5. (AP Photo/Harpo Productions Inc., National Center for Missing and Exploited Children) **NO SALES**

Madeleine McCann

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

Gerry McCann and his wife, Kate

Gerry McCann and his wife, Kate

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

Roy Kilcullen

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 .

Madeleine McCann

Madeleine McCann

Kate and Gerry McCann, with twins Sean and Amelie, arrive at East Midlands airport, England

Kate and Gerry McCann, with twins Sean and Amelie, arrive at East Midlands airport, England

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.

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The dramatic difference between the known picture of Madeleine McCann, aged 3, and how she may look now, two years later

Madeleine McCann's parents have been told they could receive more than £1m compensation from a former police detective who claimed she was dead.

Kate and Gerry McCann are pursuing legal action against Goncalo Amaral after winning a gagging order against the publication of his book.

Several thousand copies of the book have been handed over to the family's legal team, it is understood.

Mrs McCann returned to Portugal yesterday morning for the first time since being quizzed by police over her daughter Madeleine's disappearance in 2007.

After the couple met with their Portuguese lawyers and advisers in Lisbon, Mrs McCann said: “Our main worry, obviously, was people believing that Madeleine was dead.

“If people believe that she is not alive then people will stop looking for her. I just think that it's so vital and so fair for Madeleine that we don't give up on her, that we look for her. We're not going to stop.”

Mr McCann said there was no evidence his daughter is dead.

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He said a team of private investigators is still working on the case — and is currently going through “hundreds of thousands” of pieces of information.

Legal proceedings are ongoing against Mr Amaral but lawyers have told the McCanns their search fund could be in line for a payout worth £1.2m.

Mr Amaral was involved in the initial investigation to find Madeleine but was later taken off the case.

In his book, The Truth Of The Lie, he claims Madeleine is dead and questions the McCanns' account that she was taken while they were eating with friends nearby.

Earlier this month a Portuguese judge banned further sale or publication of the book.


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