Madeleine McCann police seeking sex attacker

2014-03-19 16:22
An age progression computer generated image of missing child, Madeleine McCann. (Metropolitan Police, AP)

An age progression computer generated image of missing child, Madeleine McCann. (Metropolitan Police, AP)

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London - Police investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann say they are seeking an intruder who sexually assaulted five girls in the region of southern Portugal where the British toddler was last seen.

Police have linked 12 crimes between 2004 and 2010, in which a man entered holiday villas occupied by British families in Portugal's Algarve region. In several of those cases, the man sexually assaulted young girls.

Detective chief inspector Andy Redwood said police wanted to find the tanned, dark-haired man to "ascertain whether these offenses are linked to Madeleine's disappearance".

Madeleine vanished from a villa in 2007, shortly before her fourth birthday.

Portuguese police failed to find the missing girl or a culprit, but reopened the case last year. British detectives are conducting their own investigation.

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