Maddy 'may have been taken to America'
Published 19/02/2011 | 05:00
The parents of missing Madeleine McCann yesterday welcomed new information that suggests their daughter may be in America.
A spokesman for Kate and Gerry McCann said an investigator had done "absolutely the right thing" by going to police with his suspicions.
'The Sun' newspaper quoted amateur sleuth Marcelino Italiano as saying Madeleine had been snatched by an Algarve-based paedophile ring that had taken a dozen other children.
The Angolan-born nightclub bouncer said: "I know these people were involved and I have been told that Madeleine may now be in America."
He has handed a dossier including the names of two prominent Portuguese businessmen to police in Huelva, south-west Spain, the newspaper said.
A spokesman for the McCanns said: "As with any information concerning Madeleine, this man has done absolutely the right thing by going to the police.
"It is entirely appropriate that the police and any other law enforcement body now investigates these claims along with the private investigators currently searching for Madeleine."
Madeleine was nearly four when she vanished from her family's holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in the Algarve on May 3, 2007, as her parents dined with friends nearby.