October 14th, 2013
09:11 AM ET

UK Police Make New Push For Leads In Madeleine McCann's Disappearance

It's been more than six years since Madeleine McCann vanished while on holiday with her parents in Portugal.

But neither her parents nor the detectives investigating her case are giving up on one day finding the little girl from Leicestershire, England.

Her disappearance is set to get renewed attention Monday when investigators make another appeal to the public on BBC's "Crimewatch," releasing two computer-generated sketches of a man spotted around the resort town of Praia da Luz on the day then-3-year-old Madeleine went missing. The sketches are based on descriptions from two separate witnesses.

Retired FBI Supervisory Special Agent Stephen Moore weighs in on this new development saying the original investigators "did the classic mistake. They decided on a conclusion very early on. They screwed it up from the beginning and now it has to be returned."

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"Today I am asking the public for their help. Whilst this man may or may not be the key to unlocking this investigation, tracing and speaking to him is of vital importance to us," Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood said in a statement Monday before the program, which will air in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Germany. "We have witnesses placing him in the resort area around the time of Madeleine's disappearance."

The man is described as white, between 20 and 40 years old, with short brown hair and a medium build.

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  1. Kay

    The Crimewatch programme tonight has brought up more questions about the McCann's behaviour. When Kate and Gerry mentioned Madeleine's question on the morning of her disappearance "why didn't you come when Sean and I cried last night" they stuttered and really couldn't explain themselves. They said it "threw them" but not enough to stay home that night despite dining out EVERY single night on holiday. Also the McCann's said Madeleine was "pale and tired" that day but STILL they left her alone. Kate said her friend Matt checked on Madeleine at 9:30 but didn't go into detail whether or not he saw her in the apartment. Also when Kate went in at 10pm she said she went to shut the door. Her first instinct was not to check on the children but to shut the door. The only reason she was startled was the fact a draft slammed the door. A LOT of negligent behaviour has been revealed tonight. Also the McCann's refuse to have recent images of Sean and Amelie publicized despite the fact the age progression of the twins and the similarity could help identify Madeleine today.

    October 14, 2013 at 6:10 pm | Reply

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