The parents of the missing British toddler Madeleine McCann are said to be ‘shocked and distressed’ about reports that a girl looking like their daughter spoke to a shop assistant in Amsterdam shortly after disappearing during a family holiday in Portugal last year.
British newspaper the Daily Mail report that a girl calling herself Maddy came into the party shop with a man, woman and two older children. The girl asked shop assistant Anna Stam in English where her mummy was and said that she had been taken away from her family during her holiday.
According to the newspaper, the girl said the woman with her was not her mother.
A Dutch police report of the potential sighting was sent to Portuguese police on June 18 last year says the Daily Mail. ‘But it is not clear what, if any, action they took,’ the paper says.
It seems that the McCanns were not informed of the potential lead and their own private detectives now plan to see the Dutch woman ‘as a matter of priority’, according to media reports.
The Amsterdam sighting has come to light in Portuguese police files which have been made public for the first time.
The Portuguese police investigation into the three-year-old girl’s disappearance was closed last month, says the BBC.
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