Brit Tourists' DNA Sought in Maddy Case

Investigators aim to match evidence to possible kidnapper
By Asta Hostetter,  Newser User
Posted Oct 10, 2007 3:50 AM CDT
This May 2005 picture made available, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2007, by friends of the McCann family shows Madeleine McCann. The family of missing 4-year-old Madeleine McCann said Saturday it was planning a...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – British tourists staying at the same resort where toddler Madeleine McCann disappeared have been told to provide fingerprints and DNA samples to aid the ongoing investigation by Portuguese police, reports the London Times. The move is an attempt to help investigators identify evidence found in the McCann's Portugal apartment that could lead to a kidnapper, according to police sources.

British police are collecting and analyzing samples, and quizzing tourists about their movements and the clothes they were wearing the night Maddy disappeared. But even as tourists were grilled, other press reports were raising questions about a kidnapping. Some investigators believe Maddy may have been left with as many as six children when their parents left to dine, making an abduction less likely, the Daily Mail reports.