VIDEO: UK police investigating Madeleine McCann disappearance issue E-fits of men wanted in connection with inquiry
TWO e-fits of men wanted for questioning in connection with the disappearance of Madeleine McCann have been issued by UK police.
They efits will feature in a BBC Crimewatch appeal later today over Madeleine’s disappearance on May 3, 2007, in Praia da Luz, Algarve.
Police said the man “may or may not be key” but had been placed in the area.
The images are based on evidence from two witnesses who saw him on the night three-year-old Madeleine, from Rothley, Leicestershire, went missing.
The witnesses said the man was white, 20 to 40 years old and of medium build. He had short brown hair, was clean-shaven and of medium height, they added.
Det Ch Insp Andy Redwood, the senior Metropolitan Police investigating officer, said: “Whilst this man may or may not be the key to unlocking this investigation, tracing and speaking to him is of vital importance to us.
“We have witnesses placing him in the resort area around the time of Madeleine’s disappearance.
“This is far from our only line of inquiry and there will be e-fits released of other sightings as well, who we are equally keen to trace.
“These people were seen on the day of Madeleine’s disappearance and the days leading up to it.”
Madeleine went missing from a holiday flat in Praia da Luz as her parents dined with friends at a nearby restaurant.
A Portuguese investigation into the case was dropped in 2008, but Scotland Yard began a review of the case in May 2011.
The Met have said the timeline and “accepted version of events” surrounding Madeleine's disappearance has significantly changed, but have not said how.
A detailed reconstruction lasting close to 25 minutes and covering events leading up to and surrounding Madeleine’s disappearance will also feature on Crimewatch.
Police said the appeal was based on "substantive" new material including mobile phone records.
A short clip released in advance by police shows actors playing Madeleine's parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, leaving their holiday apartment for the nearby tapas restaurant.
BELOW: The clip from Crimewatch:
They are then seen seated outdoors at a large poolside table, greeting friends as they come to join them for dinner.
DCI Redwood said detectives had been able to “make massive steps forward” by drawing together all the material gathered to date and reviewing it as a whole.
He said his team had sought to “try and draw everything back to zero... take everything back to the beginning and then reanalyse and reassess everything, accepting nothing”.
He added: “Praia da Luz is a popular holiday destination for many nationalities so our requests for help need to be repeated in many different countries.”
He said he would travel to the Netherlands, Germany and Ireland to seek public support there, and would repeat the appeals in Portugal - “a key country for us to trace any outstanding witnesses”.
He urged anyone, including from the local community, who was in or around Praia da Luz on Thursday, May 3, 2007, to speak to police if they had not already done so.
“We still have a lot of material to investigate and much work to do,” he added.
Mr and Mrs McCann are expected to make a live appeal from the studio during the programme.
Ahead of its broadcast, Mrs McCann said: “We’re not the ones that have done something wrong here.
“It’s the person who’s gone into that apartment and taken a little girl away from her family.”
Crimewatch is on from 9pm. It will also be broadcast in the Netherlands and Germany.
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