August 12, 2008

Girl Spotted in Brussels Not Madeleine

A girl spotted in Belgium who looked like Madeleine McCann, who has been missing for 15 months, has been identified as another child.

The girl, who was walking with a woman wearing an Islamic hair covering, was reported by a security guard at a Brussels bank and her image was captured by security cameras. The resemblance to Madeleine was close enough that her parents, British doctors Kate and Gerry McCann, couldn't say for certain whether the girl was their daughter.

But a Brussels man says that the girl is his daughter, who was with her nanny, The Daily Mail reports.

"He saw this picture and obviously for him it was very easy recognizing the girl accompanied by a woman in a veil," Lieve Pellens, a spokeswoman for the federal prosecutor's office in Belgium, said.

Madeleine vanished May 3, 2007, from the holiday apartment her parents had rented in Portugal.

Pellens told The Daily Mail that investigators have received hundreds of calls about potential sightings since the first news stories about the little girl in Brussels, which she said is normal when there is a burst of media attention.