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Belgium Sighting ‘Not Madeleine’

August 12, 2008

By Sam Marsden

A possible sighting of Madeleine McCann in Belgium has been ruled out, the Belgian authorities said today.

The father of a young blonde girl captured on CCTV in Brussels on August 4 came forward last night to explain that his daughter was not the missing girl. Lieve Pellens, spokeswoman for the Belgian federal prosecutor’s office, said: “He saw this picture and obviously for him it was very easy recognising the girl accompanied by a woman in a veil.

“It’s her nanny – she is a young Moroccan woman who is qualified to look after children and works in a care centre.”

The news will be a blow to Madeleine’s parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, who had hoped the Brussels sighting would provide the breakthrough.

McCann family spokesman Clarence Mitchell said: “I am very pleased that this little girl has been identified and that she can be ruled out, from her family’s perspective.”

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