Girl not Madeleine McCann: DNA result

Last updated 14:26 13/02/2013
Madeleine McCann, aged three
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MISSING: Photo of Madeleine McCann, aged three, before she disappeared in 2007.
Madeleine McCann,  is seen how she may have looked age nearly nine in this computer-generated handout released last year.
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POSSIBLE PORTRAIT: Madeleine McCann is seen how she may have looked age nearly nine in this computer-generated handout released last year.

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A DNA sample has confirmed that a girl mistaken as missing British girl Madeleine McCann on New Year's Eve in Queenstown was not Madeleine.

Southern police sent the DNA profile of the girl to British police carrying out a review of  Madeleine's disappearance.

Madeleine was last seen at  the Ocean Club complex in Praia da Luz, Portugal, in 2007 just before her fourth birthday.

At the time of the mistaken Queenstown New Year's Eve sighting, thorough inquiries had been made and investigators had been completely satisfied the girl was not Madeleine, police said.

The DNA test had been requested by the British review, called operation grange.

The Queenstown sighting was the second of the same girl. The first was in March 2012 when operation grange was not underway and therefore British authorities had not requested a DNA test, police said.

At no stage had the girl been identified by New Zealand police.

"Her family has made it very clear that although they appreciate the concerns raised by the public, the family wish to maintain their own and their daughter's privacy.

"Given that there is conclusive evidence that their daughter is not Madeleine McCann and has no connection to Madeleine McCann, it is only right that she and her family are entitled to a level of privacy that most of us enjoy," Detective Inspector Steve McGregor said.

The family had asked that their privacy continued to be respected.

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