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Madeleine: Police Have New Suspect

Portuguese police have released the description of a suspect thought to have been seen carrying a child on the night Madeleine McCann disappeared.

Madeleine: Vanished on May 3
Madeleine: Vanished on May 3

The man, aged 35 - 40, was seen at 21.30 on May 3 near the McCann's holiday home in Praia da Luz, southern Portugal.

The man is said to be white, of medium build, about 5ft 10ins tall and wearing a dark jacket, light biege-coloured trousers and dark shoes.

Sky News correspondent Ian Woods, in Praia da Luz, said: "This description was given to police a short time after Madeleine went missing."

Chief Inspector Sousa
Chief Inspector Sousa

Chief Inspector Olegario Sousa, of the Policia Judiciaria, said the suspect was possibly carrying a child or an object that might have appeared to have been a child.

He appealed for the man, or anyone who knows about him, to come forward.

He said other witness statements were still being analysed.

Detectives are also waiting for the results of forensic examinations.

A spokesman for the McCann family welcomed the release of the description.

He said Madeleine's parents Kate and Gerry were pleased that there "appeared to be a new development".

He added: "They will be taking time to consider what the police have said before making any comment."

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