This is the
mystery couple believed to have been seen with
Madeleine McCann three days after she vanished.
were drawn exclusively for the Mirror by a
police artist on the evidence of witness Anna
Stam, 41, who saw the trio in Amsterdam.
They show a
dark-featured man aged 35-40 with a moustache,
who was speaking in Portuguese, and a
brown-haired woman in her 40s who was talking
Anna, who was
flown to London by the Mirror to aid the hunt,
said: "They fit the faces I remember. I just
hope it's not too late."
assistant claims a girl with the couple told
her: "My name is Maddy", adding, "They took me
from my holiday".
yesterday that there were three more sightings
of Madeleine, then three, in nearby Belgium in
the weeks after she disappeared.
praying last night she had given new hope to
grieving Kate McCann.
stunned Kate and husband Gerry have still not
received her statement about a suspected
sighting of missing daughter Madeleine with a
mystery couple three days after she vanished.
She said: "I
hope something will come of this and Kate and
Gerry will find their little girl. I want to
help get her back to them.
believe they didn't know about this. Did these
people take Madeleine? We may never know. I only
hope it's not too late.
"But now I
have a good feeling about this. This is the
first time something will be done with the
information I gave over a year ago."
spoke out after arriving in London to meet a
police artist and representatives of the
instruct investigators to make Anna's dramatic
sighting a priority, family spokesman Clarence
Mitchell said: "I'm grateful to the Mirror for
bringing her to us.
could be very significant. Our investigators
will interview her in the next few days."
Anna saw the
couple with the Madeleine lookalike in her party
shop in Amsterdam on May 6 last year.
based on her recollection show a dark-featured
man of average height, aged 35-40 with small
eyes and wearing a moustache. He was speaking
The woman was
in her 40s with light brown hair. She was
claims she has a photographic memory, said the
images are far better than a computer e-fit by
Dutch police a year ago.
clearer and more lifelike. They fit the faces I
forget the girl. She had her hair in a ponytail,
huge green-brown eyes and a pale face which
showed no emotion.
"I didn't like
the man, he didn't look like a nice person.
"I work in a
party shop so most people smile when they come
in to buy things.
"But he didn't
smile back at me when I smiled at him. He had no
sparkle in his eyes.
"He was short
with me and seemed angry. I got the feeling he
didn't want me to interfere with him and the
The woman, she
said, seemed "stressed and uncomfortable".
"She tried to smile at me but it was out of
obligation not from the heart.
"The whole way
they reacted made a big impression on me. The
man spoke in Portuguese. I know because I have
spoke in French while the little girl spoke
English. It didn't seem like a real family."
sighting emerged in Portuguese police files this
week in which she disclosed that the girl told
her: "My name is Maddy."
The child said
of the woman: "She is not my mummy. They took me
from my holiday."
strengthened fears that Madeleine was snatched
to order from her Algarve holiday home in Praia
da Luz by a Belgian paedophile gang.
"Because this woman spoke French, I immediately
thought they would go to Belgium or France.
told me she was in a station wagon, a larger
car. Maybe they were going on a long journey.
the artist's drawings make me feel
"Maybe I could
have done something more.
police could have taken it more seriously."
Dutch police a month later when she saw reports
of Madeleine's disappearance.
A full report
was sent to Portugal on June 18 last year. It is
not known what action was taken.
sighting was never made public and Kate and
Gerry, both 40, of Rothley, Leics, were never
a McCann representative at a hotel in East
London, Anna said: "When I told police about
this, I presumed the McCanns would be told.
"I still can't
believe they weren't."
Mitchell said McCann investigators would quiz
Anna in Dutch.
He said: "The
principal is always to speak to a witness in
their mother tongue so there's absolutely no
confusion over what they saw or heard."
again blasted the Portuguese police for not
passing Anna's statement to the McCanns.
He said: "Anna
did the right thing in contacting the Dutch
police. But I find it shocking that the
Portuguese police weren't even in touch, either
with her or with us.
"If they ruled
her sighting out then fine, we'll rule it out as
well. But we just don't know at this stage."
DO YOU KNOW
SKETCH PAIR? If you recognise
the people in Anna's sketches, go to www.findmadeleine.com or ring 0845 838 4699.