New Name Surfaces in Madeleine McCann Case
2 witnesses identify same person after image release
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Oct 15, 2013 11:12 AM CDT
This undated image shows missing British girl Madeleine McCann before she went missing from a Portuguese holiday complex on Thursday, May 3, 2007.   (AP Photo/London Metropolitan Police)

(Newser) – After airing computer-generated images of a possible figure in the Madeleine McCann case on a BBC show last night, London police have fielded more than 700 calls and 200 emails regarding the missing British girl, they say in a statement. What's more, two witnesses offered the same name after viewing the images, NBC News reports. Police say he was apparently spotted carrying a child near the Portugal resort where Madeleine went missing, and their focus on him represents a sea change in the investigation.

A sighting at 9:15pm on the evening in question, by a friend of the McCanns, of a man and child had long been the investigation's center, but police now believe the man was a British tourist carrying his own child, reports the Independent. Now, the focus is on the man shown in the new images, who was spotted at 10pm walking toward the beach near the McCanns' apartment; an Irish family says they saw him carrying a young girl, who may have been wearing PJs. (More on the new timeline here.) "We are extremely pleased with the response" to the televised call for information, says a detective. "Madeleine remains at the heart of everything we do."

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Oct 15, 2013 3:52 PM CDT
Maybe the Brit wasn't carrying his own daughter that night.
Oct 15, 2013 12:08 PM CDT
Nothing proven, yet . Still....
Oct 15, 2013 11:38 AM CDT
lets hope they find this son of a b*tch and bring him to justice! can't imagine the pain he caused that little girl and her family. i lost my cat for a month and i thought that was bad, this isn't even comparable i cant imagine how rough that must be. son of a b*tch.