Spanish police deny reports of Maddy kidnapper call

8th June 2007, Comments 0 comments

7 June 2007, MADRID - Spanish police on Thursday denied reports that they had received a call from a person who claimed to know the whereabouts of missing British girl Madeleine McCann and wanted to speak to the child's parents.

7 June 2007

MADRID - Spanish police on Thursday denied reports that they had received a call from a person who claimed to know the whereabouts of missing British girl Madeleine McCann and wanted to speak to the child's parents.

"All I can say is that it is a lie," a National Police spokesman told The Associated Press. "I don't know where this came from but the police have no record of this call anywhere."

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity under police ground rules, referred to British news reports that said Madeleine's parents were informed Wednesday that Spanish police had received a phone call from a man claiming to know the whereabouts of their child and this could provide a new lead in the case.

The British reports said the caller provided such detail that Kate and Gerry McCann decided to alter plans to fly from Berlin to the Netherlands, and instead stay put to be reachable, as part of their campaign to seek help and information in the case.

The British reports said the caller could not be contacted again and the couple eventually flew on to Amsterdam.

Madeleine disappeared on May 3, when her parents left her and her 2-year-old twin siblings in their hotel room while they dined at a restaurant in their hotel complex in Praia da Luz, a resort town in Portugal's Algarve region.

Since then it has been feared that she may have been taken across the border to Spain and possibly elsewhere.

[Copyright AP with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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