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New Zealand girl has DNA sample to 'prove she is not missing Madeleine McCann'Police began investigating when a retailer spotted the girl
07:05 GMT, 7 February 2013
09:52 GMT, 7 February 2013
A New Zealand school girl repeatedly mistaken for missing Madeleine McCann has given police a DNA sample so Scotland Yard can confirm that she is not the youngster.
She has been consistently pointed out as the youngster, who went missing in May 2007 while on holiday with her parents and twin siblings.
The New Zealand girl bears a striking resemblance to Madeleine, and is believed to have a mark on her right eye similar to the distinctive one on the British girl's iris.
The DNA test will confirm the girl's identity, after she has been repeatedly mistake for missing Madeleine McCann
Police launched a five-day investigation in January when a Queenstown retailer became suspicious of a man and the young girl.
The sample was requested following a suspected sighting of Madeleine on New Year’s Eve.
The DNA sample is a conclusive way of proving her identity, says Detective Senior Sergeant Kallum Croudis of Dunedin police, News.com.au reported.
A Metropolitan Police spokeswoman said: 'This is not a line of inquiry, but just to corroborate what police in New Zealand are saying we have requested DNA,' the Daily Mirror reported.
Madeleine's family have never given up their quest to track down their missing daughter
Madeleine was nearly four when she vanished from her family's Portuguese holiday apartment in Praia da Luz as her parents, Gerry and Kate, ate dinner at a nearby Tapas restaurant with friends.
Her family have never given up their quest to track down their missing daughter.
Her mother has ploughed 1million from book sales back into the search.
The bestseller, entitled Madeleine by Kate McCann, was published in 2011 on the day of her eighth birthday.
Madeleine's Fund hit 1.8million shortly after the three-year-old vanished from her family’s holiday.
But by 2011, after four years of searching, it had dwindled to 125,000.
Official papers filed with Companies House show all the money raised from the 384-page book went to the fund.
The fund's directors said: 'Income from the book has significantly improved the position.'