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A 'Posh' twist to McCann case

BRITISH investigators said yesterday they were searching for a "Victoria Beckham lookalike" as a lead in the Madeleine McCann case, two years after the British toddler vanished in Portugal.

A detective working for McCann's parents said a witness had come forward with information about a suspicious incident that took place in Barcelona in 2007, three days after the girl's disappearance, that may cast light on the case.

Three-year-old Madeleine disappeared from a bedroom in her family's holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal, on May 3, 2007, while her parents dined nearby.

The police named her parents as suspects. A year ago, Portugal's public prosecutor dropped the case and cleared her parents and another Briton of suspicion of involvement.

The British witness, 41, was attending a party in the Port Olimpic Marina, in Barcelona, where he spoke to a woman he described as "a bit of a Victoria Beckham lookalike," a spokesman for the McCann family said. The investigators would not disclose what the woman told the witness but said it was potentially significant and so they were trying to trace the woman.


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