Madeleine McCann: Victoria Beckham Lookalike Found
MADELEINE McCann Watch: Anorak’s at-a-glance look at Madeleine McCann in the news – Posh lookalike found, live from Barcelona and the Swedish ghost ship…
Daily Express (back on the front page): “MADDIE: Mystery of yacht that just vanished”
It’s the “MADDIE YACHT MYSTERY”.
No, it’s not the yacht that just vanished form the new, the Arab yacht that in June 2007 caused the Express to yell “Find the Arab’s yacht.” This is another disappearing yacht entirely:
A YACHT which left the Algarve just hours after Madeleine McCann disappeared has vanished without trace, the Daily Express can reveal. The luxury Swedish cruiser sailed out of the Portuguese harbour at Portimao on May 4, 2007, the morning after four-year-old Madeleine disappeared. It has not been seen since.
Last night there was growing speculation that Madeleine might have been whisked out of Portugal on the mystery boat.
It is possible Madeleine could have been abducted on the orders of a childless couple, desperate to have a family, and taken to Barcelona to meet her new “parents”…
And the mystery yacht?
In Sweden all vessels measuring over 12 metres (40ft) long must be registered with the Swedish Maritime Administration. But inquires with their head office in Stockholm yesterday found no record of the yacht.
You don’t suppose… No, it’s too far-fetched. Well, you don’t suppose the mystery yacht was smaller than 12 metres long?
Daily Star: “Maddie: Was she on boat?”
The Swedish boat or the Arab boat? The jet ski?
MADDIE: RIDDLE OF AUSSIE ‘GHOST SHIP’
DETECTIVES hunting for Madeleine McCann were last night trying to trace a multi-million-pound power boat. The high-speed craft flying the Australian flag was moored yards from the spot where a nervous Posh Spice lookalike asked a Brit: “Are you here to deliver my daughter?’’
Oh, yes the Aussie Posh, who might be a Kiwi and an Aussie boat. Two plus two equals…
The Sun: “Maddie: Hunt for Aussie boat”
ALEX WEST is in Barcelona looking for a woman who might have been ther two years ago…
The unnamed multi-million pound 105ft powerboat – which was registered Down Under – remained in the Port Olimpic marina in Barcelona, Spain, for just three days. Records show it arrived just hours before the woman – said to look like Posh Spice Victoria Beckham – approached a British man there and asked about the child. It is believed she mistook him for a “courier
Not unnamed, Alex – you just don’t know the boat’s name. There is a difference.
Daily Mirror: “Hundreds of clues on Maddy efit”
Hundreds of people yesterday contacted British detectives seeking a woman who could have ordered the kidnap of Madeleine MCann…. Clarence Mitchell, spokesman for Madeleine’s parents, said: “There has a been a big response worldwide. Kate and Gerry are very encouraged. Some have named names.”
Dannii Minogue? Ricky Ponting? Peter Andre?
Daily Mirror: “Maddy e-fit appeal gets 600 replies”
New Zealand Herald: “NZ police open to helping in Madeleine case”
New Zealand police are open to helping international authorities investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann but have received no requests for assistance.
Spokesman Grant Ogilvie said police were aware of developments in the case of the missing British girl through foreign media, who have reported a possible link in the case to Australia or New Zealand…
Mr Ogilvie said New Zealand police were open to help but had not been approached by Interpol.
McCann family spokesman Clarence Mitchell earlier admitted new information linking a New Zealand or Australian woman to the case was vague.
Belfast Telegraph: “Lindy McDowell: Will using public as sleuths really help find Madeleine McCann?2
Somehow you doubt it’s the sort of headline to thrill the image-conscious former Posh Spice. “Victoria Beckham lookalike sought in search for Madeleine.” And in fairness to Mrs B, the photo-fit accompanying this week’s story did not exactly live up to the hype. Actually it looked more like Frank Lampard. But then, so very much of the marathon saga that is the disappearance and search for Madeleine McCann has turned out to be something short of what we have been primed to expect.
The latest arguido/witness/possibly entirely irrelevant passer-by is said to be Australian. Maybe. Or perhaps from New Zealand.
… Does the photo-fit look like Victoria Beckham? Or just another red herring?
Brisbane Times: “McCann-linked woman may have been found
An Australian woman believed to hold vital clues to the disappearance of missing British child Madeleine McCann may have been found…
“On Friday afternoon, a Sydney woman provided a formal statement to detectives at a Sydney police station,” a NSW police spokesman told AAP.
“She claims to know the identity of the woman, being sought by the private investigators attached to the McCann family.
“NSW police force will forward the information received to the Australian Federal Police (AFP) for follow up.”
Has anyone thought to interview Victoria Beckham?
As Anorak predicted it’s the Third Summer of Our Maddie – a media/PR event delayed by the death of Michael Jackson. Now, though, the story is running…