Oct 26, 2007

Artist's impression of the man who snatched Madeleine

This is the man who snatched Madeleine! This is the man a witness claims she saw carrying a child away from the McCann family's holiday apartment on the night Madeleine disappeared.

The picture - an artist's impression - was commissioned by the McCanns in an attempt to kickstart the hunt for their daughter.

A forensic artist drew the picture after speaking to witness Jane Tanner and asking her what she remembered of the man she saw on the night of May 3.

Miss Tanner, 36, was one of the group of friends on holiday with the McCanns - the Tapas Nine - and told police she saw a man carrying a bundle away from the apartment and down towards the church in Praia da Luz, at about 9.15pm.

She thought nothing of it until the alarm was raised 45 minutes later, and was said to be "racked with guilt". She told police she thought it was strange to see a man carrying a child so late at night, but thought he must be its father.

The picture shows a child's legs dangling over the man's arm, wearing white trousers decorated with a floral pattern and a lacy trim. The child appears to be asleep or barely conscious. The clothing fits the description of the pyjamas Madeleine's parents say she was wearing on the night she vanished.

The artist left the man's face blank because Miss Tanner, of Exeter, said she never saw it in the dark street. Link


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