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Undated file handout photo of missing girl Madeleine McCann as this time of year will "never be as it should", her parents said today as they prepare for a sixth Christmas without their daughter. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday December 21, 2012. Kate and Gerry McCann said the eldest child's absence is acutely felt by the family, including by younger siblings Sean and Amelie, with the words "If only Madeleine was here too" a regular occurrence. In a Christmas message written on the Find Madeleine website, Mrs McCann thanked people for their support and said they remain hopeful that the Portuguese authorities will reopen the case. See PA story POLICE Portugal. Photo credit should read: PA Wire 

NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

Undated file handout photo of missing girl Madeleine McCann as this time of year will "never be as it should", her parents said today as they prepare for a sixth Christmas without their daughter. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday December 21, 2012. Kate and Gerry McCann said the eldest child's absence is acutely felt by the family, including by younger siblings Sean and Amelie, with the words "If only Madeleine was here too" a regular occurrence. In a Christmas message written on the Find Madeleine website, Mrs McCann thanked people for their support and said they remain hopeful that the Portuguese authorities will reopen the case. See PA story POLICE Portugal. Photo credit should read: PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

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Undated file handout photo of missing girl Madeleine McCann as this time of year will "never be as it should", her parents said today as they prepare for a sixth Christmas without their daughter. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday December 21, 2012. Kate and Gerry McCann said the eldest child's absence is acutely felt by the family, including by younger siblings Sean and Amelie, with the words "If only Madeleine was here too" a regular occurrence. In a Christmas message written on the Find Madeleine website, Mrs McCann thanked people for their support and said they remain hopeful that the Portuguese authorities will reopen the case. See PA story POLICE Portugal. Photo credit should read: PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

A DNA sample from a girl in New Zealand has been sent to British police to quash the suggestion that she could be Madeleine McCann.

Scotland Yard said that the girl is not a line of inquiry and it has requested the sample to confirm statements made by New Zealand police that the girl is not Madeleine.

A spokeswoman said: "This is not a line of inquiry, but just to corroborate what police in New Zealand are saying we have requested DNA."

It was reported in New Zealand media that the girl has been mistaken for Madeleine more than once, because she has a similar mark in one of her eyes.

Detective senior sergeant Kallum Croudis told Fairfax Media: "Police will be sending a DNA profile to British police to confirm the identity of a girl who has been mistaken for Madeleine by a member of the public."

Madeleine was nearly four when she vanished from her family's holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in the Algarve on May 3 2007 as her parents dined at a tapas restaurant with friends nearby.

Spokesman for the McCann family Clarence Mitchell said: "It is entirely a matter for Scotland Yard and the New Zealand police, and Kate and Gerry (McCann) won't be commenting."