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Madeleine McCann: Found In 160 Countries

by | 5th, November 2009
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mccann20MADDIE WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann: A successful campaign.

Daily Mirror: “Madeleine clip success”

She’s been found?

Up to 100,000 people an hour have watched A Minute For Madeleine, it was revealed yesterday.

They come to help? Or do they come to stare?

Daily Express (front page): “NEW HOPE FOR MADDIE’S PARENTS AS 2.5M A DAY WATCH PLEA ON WEBSITE”

INVESTIGATORS yesterday said they were a “step closer” to finding Madeleine McCann after an astonishing response to a new global appeal.

In just 24 hours, nearly 2.5 million people around the world viewed dramatic images of Madeleine in a campaign aimed at flushing out her abductor.

Internet users in 160 countries have watched a special 60-second film targeted at those closest to the kidnapper.

Our Maddie is not an international export, and very famous. Will the video win a TV award for entertaining the ghouls and the curious? And how are investigators a step closer to finding the child?

Jim Gamble, Britain’s most senior child protection policeman, urged internet users around the world to help the hunt for Madeleine. He said: “Every person who does that brings us a step closer to reaching the individual who needs to see this message.”

Such is the hope. And a bandwagon:

Celebrities including Chris Evans, Alan Carr and Phillip Schofield have also sent the link to their followers on Twitter.

Sky News says Jonathan Ross has also joined the hunt.

The message to the world runs:

The message reads:

“Madeleine disappeared on 3 May 2007 while on holiday with her family in Portugal. Madeleine is now six years old … We know that there is someone out there who knows who is involved in her disappearance.

“They may be keeping this secret out of fear, misplaced loyalty or even love. Keeping this information secret only increases the anguish of Madeleine’s family and friends and increases the risk to other children.

“If you know who is involved and are keeping this secret remember that it is never too late to do the right thing.

“We urge anyone who knows anything about the whereabouts of Madeleine or has any information regarding her disappearance to do the right thing and to give that information to their local police.”

BBC: “Madeleine McCann’s face is probably one of the most recognisable in the world, but it is the face of a four-year-old Madeleine and that is the problem.”

As a child grows their eyes will largely stay the same but everything below the eyes grows outwards and downwards, says age-progression artist Auriole Prince.

“Trying to show how this growth changes a face is like piecing together a puzzle,” she says. “There’s an upside down triangle between the eyes, nose and the mouth. The relationship between these features is the most important in keeping the likeness”…

So has this been a success:

In terms of success in reproducing a likeness, Ms Prince stresses age progression is more about renewing publicity and moving on the public’s perception of a person, than creating a facsimile of what a person may look like. They are often used in long-running missing persons cases like Ben Needham, who disappeared on the Greek island of Kos in 1991.

“In this case the public will still be looking for the four-year-old Madeleine and the police want them to look for six-year-old girl,” says Ms Prince.

Is the public looking for her or just at her?



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