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Madeleine McCann Suspect Seen Carrying Child
A new suspect being sought over the disappearance of Madeleine McCann was spotted carrying a child on the night she went missing.
Detectives have released two e-fit images of the man based on the accounts of two separate witnesses.
Both described seeing him in Praia da Luz, Portugal, on the evening of the three-year-old's disappearance on Thursday, May 3, 2007.
He is said have been seen walking towards the sea carrying a child of a similar age to Madeleine.
Their statements have been used to compose two e-fit images that will feature in a BBC Crimewatch appeal tonight.
Scotland Yard detectives' recent investigations have given them a far greater understanding of the times when the abduction could have taken place and this has made the statements from the witnesses far more significant.
The man they want to contact is described as white, aged between 20 and 40 years old, with short brown hair, clean shaven and of medium build and height.
Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood, the senior investigating officer, said: "They are two e-fits of the same man, who was seen at around 10pm in Praia da Luz on the night that Madeleine disappeared, walking towards the ocean with a child in his arms.
"The man is described as being white with dark hair; the child: three to four years of age with blonde hair and pyjamas.
"It's never too late and these e-fits have never been in the public domain before.
"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.
"This is far from our only line of enquiry, and there will be e-fits released of other sightings as well, who we are equally keen to trace.
"This case has now gone on for far too long and we need to bring some closure. If this is you, please call us."
He added that detectives have been able to "make massive steps forward" by drawing together all the material gathered to date and reviewing it as a whole.
"We continue to put Madeleine at the heart of our investigation and I would urge people to watch Crimewatch tonight and if you can help identify this man or have any information about our new appeal points please contact us.
"Praia da Luz is a popular holiday destination for many nationalities so our requests for help need to be repeated in many different countries. I will be travelling to Holland, Germany and Ireland to seek the support of the public there.
"If you were in and around the Praia da Luz resort on Thursday, May 3, 2007, but you have not yet spoken to police, and you think you may have information, please pass it on.
"I would also like to ask for the help of the local community in Praia da Luz. Portugal is a key country for us to trace any outstanding witnesses and our appeals will be repeated there.
"We still have a lot of material to investigate and much work to do. Your information could be the vital piece we need to finally answer what happened to Madeleine."
In a clip from tonight's Crimewatch, Madeleine's mother Kate McCann says: "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."
Scotland Yard detectives, who have interviewed 442 people as part of their review-turned-investigation, hope to track down as many people as possible who were present in the Portuguese town at the time.
Since launching its own investigation, 41 people of interest have been identified, including 15 UK nationals.
Detectives have issued 31 international letters of request to mostly European countries in relation to some of these people, as well as accessing phone records.
Prime Minister David Cameron gave his support to the investigation.
He said: "I'm very pleased that Scotland Yard are doing this work. The Government has helped to fund the work that is being done.
"This was a crime that touched the heart of everyone in the country and everyone would like to see it resolved, so I hope Scotland Yard continue with their work and I wish them success."
:: Sky News will show a special investigation on Tuesday night at 8.30pm on Sky Channel 501, Virgin Media 602 and Freeview 82.