Madeleine McCann: could body found in suitcase be hers?

By admin
28 July 2015

Police investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann have approached authorities in Australia after the discovery there of the remains of a fair-haired girl aged between two and four years.

The remains were found this month, dumped beside a highway in a rural area of South Australia.

According to police estimates, the child was murdered in 2007 in a different location. The remains, as well as clothing and a thin blanket, were found in a suitcase beside a highway in Wynarka, near Adelaide.

The discovery sparked speculation that it might be the remains of Madeleine, who had blonde hair and was three years old when she vanished from her British parents’ holiday apartment in the Algarve area of Portugal on 3 May 2007.

“We’re aware of reports of the remains of a child having been found in South Australia and have made contact with the Australian authorities,” a police spokesperson said.

So far Australian authorities have been unable to identify the remains.

Grant Stevens, commissioner of police in Australia, told a parliamentary committee there’s no evidence at this stage that the child is Madeleine McCann. “To suggest something like that would purely be speculating to get attention,” he said.

“We’re focusing our inquiries on South Australia but we’d be considering any potential missing child. Until we ascertain the identity of the child we need to be open to all possibilities.”

Sources: BBC, The Guardian

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