No trace of Madeleine in southern France

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French police studied footage from surveillance cameras of a girl at a highway rest area

   MONTPELLIER, France, February 22, 2008  - French police who have looked at
footage from surveillance cameras of a girl at a highway rest area in southern
France do not believe she is missing British toddler Madeleine McCann, a
source close to the investigation said Thursday.
   A Dutch student had reported seeing Madeleine McCann at a roadside
restaurant near Montpellier last week, but after pouring over the video
footage, police said they did not believe it was her.
   "There is nothing that allows us to identify the British child," said a
   The Dutch student said the girl was accompanied by a man wearing a leather
jacket, but police said after studying the footage that "there was no abnormal
behaviour of the adult with the child."
   Madeleine McCann vanished shortly before her fourth birthday from her
bedroom in the McCanns' rented villa during a holiday in the Portuguese resort
of Praia da Luz on May 4 last year.
   Her parents have been named as formal suspects by Portuguese police, while
another Briton, 35-year-old Robert Murat, was also placed under investigation
in May.
   To date no sign of Madeleine has been found and no charges brought against
any suspect.


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