SA man claims to have found Maddie's grave

2012-07-06 08:23
An artist’s impression of how Madeleine McCann might look now, aged 9.

An artist’s impression of how Madeleine McCann might look now, aged 9.

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Cape Town - British detectives are looking into an extraordinary claim by a South African man who believes he might have found the body of missing UK girl, Madeleine McCann.

Stephen Birch, a commercial property developer from South Africa, sent British police ground radar scans showing a burial site near the holiday apartment in Portugal where McCann vanished in 2007, Sky News reported on Friday.

Birch, a self-styled investigator, has admitted that he is “obsessed” with the mystery of McCann.

He claims to have spent £40 000 (about R500 000) on buying the scanner equipment and being trained to use it.  

"All I want to do is solve the mystery and bring closure to Madeleine's family. I am convinced she lies where I have scanned.

"I've had the scans analysed and they show digging, a void and what could be human bones," Sky News quoted him as saying.

British detectives are examining an extraordinary claim that Madeleine McCann's body is buried near the holiday apartment from where she vanished.

The little girl went missing from her family’s holiday apartment in Praia da Luz while her parents had dinner at a restaurant mere metres away.

Madeleine’s parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, believe she is still alive and would not comment on Birch's claims.

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