Confusion over reports of Madeleine McCann sighting in Paraguay

Madeleine McCann
Madeleine McCann

Local police and Interpol were reported to be searching in Paraguay after it was claimed that missing Madeleine McCann had been spotted in the South American country. However, now questions about the sighting are being raised.

The fresh hunt was kicked off after a British private eye Miraz Ullah Ali Isa, who placed ads in a newspaper in the Paraguayan city of Aregua over the weekend.

The ad claimed that the missing child, now aged 12, was living in the city 'in the custody of a woman' and that a reward of €2m was on offer for information leading to her safe return.

This sparked local police officers to get involved in a search but the Daily Mail reports that Interpol are not involved, despite claims that they were.

Luis Ignacio Arias of Interpol in Paraguay, is quoted as saying they had 'nothing concrete' about Isa's identity and that he had not been in touch with police or the government about the sighting.

Madeleine's parents Gerry and Kate had also not heard from Isa.

The then three-year-old Madeleine hasn't been seen since she disappeared from a holiday apartment in Portugal in May 2007.