DNA from sighting is not girl's

8th August 2007, Comments 0 comments

8 August 2007, TONGEREN – A DNA sample taken from a pub where someone reported seeing Madeleine McCann was not that of the missing British four-year-old girl, Belgian prosecutors said Wednesday.

8 August 2007

TONGEREN – A DNA sample taken from a pub where someone reported seeing Madeleine McCann was not that of the missing British four-year-old girl, Belgian prosecutors said Wednesday.

Tests were carried out on a milkshake bottle left on a table outside a cafe in the east Belgian town of Tongeren after a witness said she was certain that she had seen the missing girl with a Dutch-speaking man and an English-speaking woman.

But the DNA from the test belonged to a man, said Tongeren prosecutors in a statement.

There have been at least two previous reported sightings of the girl in Belgium this summer after she disappeared three months ago from a resort hotel in Portugal's Algarve region.

"This does not mean that that Maddie's presence is ruled out," said an e-mailed statement from prosecutors' spokeswoman Katja Vandoren. "The possibility exists that the bottle was finished by the man who was with the little girl present."

Vandoren said the DNA profile had been checked with Belgian and Dutch central DNA databases and had not found any matches. No vehicle matching the one the witness reported seeing had been found, she said.

"We continue to examine all useful tips," she said.

[Copyright AP 2007]

Subject: Belgian news, Dutch news

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