Maddy DNA Evidence Found on Beach

Discovery indicates toddler may have been buried or taken by boat
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 7, 2007 8:17 AM CDT
A woman kneels and prays before a statue of the Virgin Mary with a poster of missing British girl Madeleine McCann, in Praia da Luz, southern Portugal, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2007. On Friday the McCann's...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – A retired South African police superintendent who has helped find several missing children has discovered DNA evidence of toddler Madeleine McCann on the beach near the resort where she disappeared, reports the Guardian. The evidence indicates Madeleine may have been buried there at some point—or taken to sea by boat, according to sources. "I've been able to trace where Madeleine was and drawn a map," the investigator said.

"Now it's down to police to use search experts to do the rest." Police searched the beach twice but found no sign of Maddy. The investigator was hired by the girl's parents, who are considered prime suspects in Portugal. Ironically, the investigator's information in July led to the use of the sniffer dogs whose reaction to clothing worn by Maddy's mom cast suspicion on the girl's parents.