Hunt for Maddy Shifts to Australia

By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 6, 2009 3:23 AM CDT
A picture of missing toddler Madeleine McCann is held by her aunt Philomena McCann as she gives television interviews after visiting Parliament in May 2007.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – The search for Madeleine McCann has moved to Australia, two British tabloids and the Australian report. Private detectives working for the missing toddler's parents turned up a woman with an Australian accent who was spotted in Barcelona 3 days after Maddy went missing in Portugal in May 2007.

"What this Australian is reported to have said is of enough significant interest to launch a hunt for her, " a source tells the Sun. At a news conference scheduled for today, the investigators will distribute a sketch of the woman, the Daily Mail reports.