Madeleine McCann Lookalike Has DNA Tests Done to See If She's Missing Girl

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It's been nearly six years since Madeleine McMann, who was 3 years old at the time, disappeared while on vacation with her parents in Portugal. While suspicion fell upon the parents, as it tends to do at some point during missing children's cases, the police in Portugal have closed the case without ever discovering what happened to the little girl and the parents were cleared. Since then, there have been a couple of Madeleine sightings that gave everyone hope at first. In the latest, DNA testing was done on a little girl in New Zealand.

This isn't the first time that a "Madeleine" was spotted and DNA testing was done. A little girl resembling Madeleine was seen in India in 2011, and the parents, a French woman and a Belgian man, had their little girl taken from them, their passports seized, and DNA tests administered despite their protests. That little girl wasn't Madeleine.

Not much is known about the lastest "sighting" -- the family of the new girl suspected to be Madeleine requested privacy. But the DNA proved has conclusively that this girl isn't Madeleine either. I'd hate to be a parent with a little girl who looks like Madeleine!

Madeleine's parents have a detective working the case to find their daughter, and there's an official website to gather tips and info about the girl. Given all of the cases we've heard about missing children showing up years -- sometimes decades -- later, I imagine Madeleine's parents must still be hopeful. What a horror show not only dealing with your missing baby, but having suspicion on you as well.

You have to wonder how many other little girls will be DNA tested -- and what the parents of those girls go through. If it were my little girl, I'd hand her over for DNA testing. Why not? If I can help a family with a missing child, there's no reason not to, even if that means proving my daughter isn't theirs. Unfortunately, Madeleine looks like so many little girls I see every day! And since so many years have past, we only have guesses about what she may actually look like. What if someone dyed her hair or is disgusing her as a boy?

It's sad that there are still no answers in this six year old case. Madeleine would be 9 years old now. I hope she is somewhere safe.

Do you think we'll ever find Madeleine?


Image via FindMadeleine

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nicol... nicolemead91

i hope its the little girl! please please please be her! this family needs closure! its better than finding a body or even worse no body.. i hope its madeleine! so she can be returned to her family and to start their healing process!! PRAYERS!!

nonmember avatar blue

Nicole - She plainly said, the DNA proved the girl isn't her! Sadly, I don't think she will ever be found. If she is, I don't believe it will alive. Sure, I hope she is alive...but it's not likely. If she is alive, her existence is probably not a happy one. If she were ever found alive, massive amounts of therapy and healing would be needed.

nonmember avatar Liz

Kiri- As a writer, I would think you would proof read your articles!

nonmember avatar FarmersWife

The thought that being found alive years later is worse than dieing shortly after abduction is a pretty selfish one. Humans are amazing and complex. Some can't keep it together through 'normal' life yet there are people like Jaycee Dugard.

craft... craftycatVT

How could the police have closed the case without having ever figured out what happened to her. I understand it going cold, but shouldn't it be left open indefinitely?

jalaz77 jalaz77

No I don't think she is alive. It so rare for a happy ending. This is still so heartbreaking. It was also preventative.

nonmember avatar Susan

Firstly, the McCanns don't have any detective working for them anymore, it's a mystery why they keep asking for money for the fund. Secondly, Scotland Yard is making an inquest or a review of the case at the order of David Cameron costing the UK tax payer about 4 million pounds now. Thirdly, a PJ team is doing a similar review of the case. Finally, in my opinion, Madeleine died in 2007. All evidence points to that. Please watch the documentary the McCanns tried to ban along with a book titled 'Madeleine, The Truth of the Lie'

nonmember avatar Susan

To craftycatVT on Feb 13, 2013 at 3:59 PM The police didn't close the case, they don't have powers to do that. The Portuguese Attorney General archived the case, mainly due to the lack of cooperation of the McCanns and their friends dubbed the Tapas 7, who refused to do a reconstruction of the events of the 3rd May 2007 has requested by the Portuguese police. Kate McCann refused to answer 48 questions, the only one she answered was: «Q. Are you aware that in not answering the questions you are jeopardising the investigation, which seeks to discover what happened to your daughter?

A. 'Yes, if that’s what the investigation thinks.'» in

zmont... zmontague

If she hasn't been found by now, sadly she is most likely dead.  

KAV1970 KAV1970

why would you hamper the investigation of your missing child???? i would give them everything i possibly could. people look at those closest to the missing because most abuse, etc. occurs in the home or from someone close to the family. anyway, madeiline is probably dead, or if not i don't believe she is in a good place - too many pedophile rings out there.

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