Madeleine McCann cops released sketch of ‘egg with side parting’

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Madeleine McCann cops released sketch of ‘egg with side parting’

Portuguese police searching for Madeleine McCann released a faceless e-fit of a kidnap suspect, a Netflix documentary has said.

A re-imagination of the sketch was revealed in the second episode of an eight-part documentary series called The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann, which was released this morning.

Police showed locals the drawing of a face without eyes, nose or a mouth while hunting for the missing three-year-old in 2007.

The e-fit of a man, as drawn from memory by British born DVD shop owner Simon Russell after being shown it by police last Saturday, in Praia Da Luz, Portugal, following the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.

The e-fit of a man, as drawn from memory by shop owner Simon Russell after police showed him the sketch (Picture: PA)

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The sketch was described as ‘an egg with a side-parting’ by a local British business owner.

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Simon Russell, who drew the sketch from memory the day after police showed it to him, said: ‘I smiled when they showed it to me. What else could you do?’

In the docu-series, Portuguese police were also accused of doing a ‘minimal investigation’ of the room the night Madeleine disappeared.

Former Portuguese detective Goncalo Amaral, who was fired from the investigation in October 2007, made the claims in the series.

A new documentary about the ‘world’s most famous missing child case’ was released on Netflix today (Picture: Netflix)

An artist's impression of the man Kate and Gerry McCann believe abducted their daughter.

Another sketch also showed a faceless man carrying a child (Picture: PA)

He said: ‘We inspected the place as if it had been a robbery. It is what you might call the most “minimal” inspection in terms of detail.’

Amaral added: ‘We came as soon as it was communicated to us. Well, not right away. We arrived after the National Republic Guard, who also got there late.

‘The GNR were notified late and this lateness triggered a delay to the sequence of evidence.’

Amaral made her parents official suspects, and wrongly claimed MI5 had involvement in hiding Madeleine’s body.

Co-author of Looking For Madeleine Robbyn Swan also said ‘evidence had been trampled’ by police.

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A new picture of Maddie, pictured in the middle, was also revealed in the series (Picture: Netflix)

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She was kidnapped when she was just three years old

It has also been suggested that Madeline, who would be aged 15 today, is still alive and was taken by traffickers from the holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in 2007 because of her financial values as a ‘middle-class British girl’.

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She was kidnapped when she was just three years old while her parents had dinner with friends at a restaurant at the resort.

They hired private investigator Julian Peribanez who said traffickers normally go for ‘lower class’ children from poorer countries.

He said: ‘That’s the main supplier of these gangs. The value that Madeleine had was really high because if they took her it’s because they were going to get a lot of money.’

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Jim Camble said new technology said advances in technology would help find Maddie (Picture: Rex Shutterstock)

Senior child protection officer Jim Camble also claimed in the documentary that the mystery over Maddie’s disappearance will be solved in his life time.

He said: ‘There’s huge hope to had with the advances in technology. Year on year DNA is getting better. Year on year other techniques, including facial recognition, are getting better.

‘And as we use that technology to revisit and review that which we captured in the past, there’s every likelihood that something we already know will slip into position.’

Neither Maddie’s parents or any of the friends who were with them the night she disappeared have taken part in the documentary.

Parents of missing girl Madeleine McCann, Kate (L) and Gerry McCann (R) pose with an artist's impression of how their daughter might look now at the age of nine ahead of a press conference in central London on May 2, 2012 five years after Madeleine's disappearance while on a family holiday in Portugal. Aged three at the time, the artist's impression depicts how Madeleine may now look, based on family photos of her, along with childhood images of her parents. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/GettyImages)

Maddie’s parents Kate and Gerry has criticised the documentary saying it could potentially hinder the investigation (Picture: AFP)

Kate and Gerry McCann criticised Netflix and said they did not want to take part in the documentary, which features ‘thorn in our sides’ Amaral, who said Maddie is dead and her parents faked her kidnap.

They said: ‘The production company told us that they were making the documentary and asked us to participate. We did not see and still do not see how this programme will help the search for Madeleine and, particularly given there is an active police investigation, could potentially hinder it.

‘Consequently, o­­ur views and preferences are not reflected in the programme. We will not be making any further statements or giving interviews regarding this programme.’

They spoke out after the Home Office confirmed it was considering a new request for extra funding from Scotland Yard to continue the hunt for Maddie – giving them hope there is ‘still work left to be done.’

The search has so far cost £11.75 million.

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