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McCann search woman 'identified'

E-fit of 'Australian' woman
Investigators called the lead "significant"

A women in Australia has told police that she knows who the woman being sought by private investigators searching for Madeleine McCann is.

Australia's federal police will examine the woman's statement.

On Thursday, detectives hired by Madeleine's parents said they wanted to trace a "Victoria Beckham lookalike" with an Australian accent.

Madeleine, of Rothley, Leicestershire, was three when she went missing from a holiday flat in Portugal on 3 May 2007.

The woman is being sought because of something she said to a British man who met her in Barcelona 72 hours after Madeleine went missing.

A statement issued by New South Wales police said that a woman from Sydney had made a formal statement.

It went on: "She claims to know the identity of the woman being sought by the private investigators attached to the McCann family."



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