Maddy Suspect Asked About Her 'New Daughter'

Calls flood in after request for tips about Australian woman
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 7, 2009 2:49 PM CDT
Back dropped by an image of a woman, private investigator, Dave Edgar, talks to the media in London, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2009.   (AP Photo/Sang Tan)
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(Newser) – Private investigators working for Madeleine McCann's parents have received “hundreds of calls” from people with information about a woman who may be involved in the child’s disappearance, the Telegraph reports. A witness said the woman, described as a Victoria Beckham lookalike with an Australian accent, was pacing and looking agitated outside the Port Olimpic Marina in Barcelona 72 hours after Maddy’s disappearance.

When the witness, a British man, approached the woman, she reportedly asked him: "Are you here to deliver my new daughter?" The woman then went into a bar nearby and had an argumentative conversation with a local in Spanish. The McCann’s investigators are treating seriously the possibility that Maddy was smuggled by boat from the family’s vacation apartment in the Algarve area of Portugal to Barcelona.