4 Jan 2013

Girl spotted in Queenstown 'not Madeleine McCann'

2:07 pm on 4 January 2013

New Zealand police say a girl seen in Queenstown and thought to be Madeleine McCann is not the missing British child.

Police say they have identified the young fair-headed girl who was reported to them in the South Island resort town on 31 December.

Detective Sergeant Brian Cameron on Friday would not release any details about the identified child, but says she has been mistaken for Madeleine McCann before.

The girl went missing at the age of three from a resort in Portugal in 2007 while her parents were eating dinner nearby.

That year, New Zealand police investigated a possible sighting of her in Dunedin. More than two years later, they confirmed that she was not Madeleine.

Madeleine's parents have never given up hope she might be alive, and in December last year her mother Kate McCann called for the public to remain vigilant.