Madeleine McCann: Body found in suitcase in Australia is NOT missing youngster
09:06, 29 JULY 2015
BY ANTHONY BOND
The decomposed body of a fair-haired girl was discovered in Australia this week - with some speculating it could be Madeleine
Missing Madeleine McCann has been "totally excluded" as a potential victim after a young girl's remains were found in a suitcase in Australia.
South Australia Police said it had ruled out 43 missing children in connection to the grim discovery next to a remote motorway in Wynarka near Adelaide on July 15.
The decomposed body is that of a fair-haired girl aged between two and a half and four, who was killed at another location in at least 2007.
Blonde Madeleine was three years old when she went missing from the family's holiday apartment in Portugal's Algarve on May 3 2007.
Detective Superintendent Des Bray said: "I can confirm that Madeleine McCann has been totally excluded as a potential victim and UK police have been advised.
The Metropolitan Police have previously said they were aware of reports that a child's remains had been found and had contacted Australian authorities.
It emerged yesterday that Madeleine's DNA would be tested against samples from the body.
A source close to Maddie’s parents, Kate and Gerry, both 47, said: “They hope that if anything of substance is found linking the body in Australia and Madeleine they will be told straight away.
“DNA testing is likely to be done as a matter of routine as much as to rule it out of the inquiry.
“The Met Police always said they would leave no stone unturned in their investigation.”
Officers assigned to Operation Grange, the multi-million pound investigation into Maddie’s disappearance, refused to comment on her DNA being checked against bones and fabric found.
A Scotland Yard spokesperson said: “We cannot give a running commentary while our inquiry is on going. We will not discuss any DNA testing.”
Skeletal remains of a blonde girl, believed to be aged two-and-a-half to four years, were found in a suitcase by motorist on a South Australian highway.
Fair-haired Maddie was aged three, nearly four, when she vanished from a Portuguese holiday apartment in May 2007.
Cops in Oz say the victim could have died eight years ago.
Maddie’s DNA profile is made up of 19 different components.
Fifty per cent of her genetic make-up is shared with each of her parents.
Kate and Gerry have both given DNA samples to help forensic scientists in the search for their daughter.http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/madeleine-mccann-body-found-suitcase-6156774?