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Sunday, August 10, 2008

Maddie Could be In Margarita Island

A British citizen claim to has sought Madeleine McCann in Margarita Island, Venezuela.

This is the report from DailyMail

'I saw Madeleine in Venezuela just weeks ago - and even spotted the tell-tale mark in her eye,' claims new witness

A businessman has claimed he saw Madeleine McCann in Venezuela just weeks ago - but was too afraid to grab her in case he caused a scene.

The new evidence from Briton Trevor Francis is reportedly being treated 'very seriously' by Gerry and Kate McCann's private investigation team as it is thought to be the only sighting where the distinctive mark in Madeleine's right eye is mentioned.

Francis, a 64-year-old yacht skipper, told police in the UK he saw the little girl with three women in a restaurant on the Venezuelan island of Margarita in May, according to reports today.

However, he says he did not raise the alarm because he did not want to cause a scene and make the situation worse.

He told the News of the World: 'Her eyes met mine as I walked past and that's when I saw the little blemish in her right eye - it was like a little fleck.

'I wanted to grab her or shout out her name and see what reaction I would get. But I was afraid to cause a scene...a huge ruckus would have erupted and it could have made things worse.

'I decided to get a good look to make sure it was her so I could come back to England and report it.'

This latest revelation comes almost a week after police files were released under Portuguese law following the lifting of the period of judicial secrecy in the case.

Lawyers for the McCanns, both 40, from Rothley, Leicestershire, were formally given access to the documents last week.

They are studying them for fresh leads that the couple's private detectives can follow up in their own search for their daughter, who went missing from an apartment in the Algarve resort of Praia da Luz on May 3 last year.

The McCanns are said to be taking this latest sighting very seriously - because it is thought to be the first which mentions the distinct mark. Their investigators are examining the Magarita link as Caribbean islands are on a regular sailing route from Portugal.

McCann family spokesman Clarence Mitchell said: 'The investigation team are looking into this seriously. The eye makes it potentially more serious that other sightings.'

Mr Francis owns a nursing home in Worthing, West Sussex, but now spends most of his time on his five-bedroom yacht in Magarita.

He says he spotted Madeleine with three women on May 16 this year, at a restaurant in the town of Porlamar.

He said her fair complexion stuck out in comparison with the latino appearance of the three women she was with.

He added: 'Although the girl looked healthy and well cared-for, she was very sullen-looking and refused to eat anything. She looked unhappy and out of place.

'I watched her for about 20-30 minute and decided to get a close look as I left the restaurant. Then I was four of five feet away.'

A number of sightings are currently being investigated, including one at a Belgian bank where a security guard spotted a Madeleine look-a-like with a woman on CCTV images.

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