British detectives release efits of Madeleine McCann suspect
Despite being placed at the crime scene by two people on the night in question the man has never come forward.
Undated efit images issued by the Metropolitan police believed by detectives to be of the same man seen in Praia da Luz at the time of Madeleine McCann's disappearance Photograph: Metropolitan Police/PA
Police have issued two efits that they believe are descriptions of the same man, who is now being sought as a priority by the British detectives leading the new McCann inquiry.
He was seen in the vicinity of the Praia da Luz resort in Portugal six years ago at the time that the three-year-old went missing. Despite numerous appeals for information over the years, the man has not come forward to talk to investigators in Portugal or Britain.
Descriptions of the suspect were given to the Portuguese inquiry by two witnesses after Madeleine disappeared.
It is only now, after Metropolitan police detectives cross-referenced all the information gathered by Portuguese detectives, private investigators and the mobile phone data from the resort, that the significance of the witness statements has been fully understood. In an appeal to be broadcast on Monday night on BBC1's Crimewatch, Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood of the Metropolitan police will call for anyone who recognises the man to contact him immediately.