'POSH DOUBLE': Judith Aron
The e-fit picture
LEADS: Missing tot Maddie
wasn't in Portugal at time
A VICTORIA BECKHAM
lookalike named in the
Madeleine McCann case was tracked down yesterday
and insisted: "I have nothing to do with her disappearance."
Like the e-fit
picture released on Thursday by Maddie investigators,
Judith Aron does
have black spiky hair.
But unlike pop
star Posh Spice, 35, she is FIFTY-THREE. Miss Aron also insists she has
not left her native Australia since 2000. Maddie disappeared from
Portugal on May 3, 2007, just days short of her fourth birthday.
The dramatic twist
in the case came when Nelida Martinez from Sydney recognised the e-fit
and went to police with a photo of Miss Aron. It is believed the pic was
taken on a flight from Portugal to Spain in 1997.
Australia got wind of the story and tracked down Miss Aron to Melbourne
where, bizarrely, she lives in Madeline Street.
Miss Aron, who has
a fair-haired daughter around the age Maddie would be now, told an Oz
newspaper: "I'm 53 and I certainly don't look like a Spice Girl. I can
honestly say I have no connection to the little girl.
"I haven't left
Australia since 2000 and I was looking after my elderly father so I
wasn't able to go overseas."
investigators working for
Kate and Gerry McCann launched the hunt after
learning that a Posh double spoke to a British man in a Barcelona bar
just 72 hours after Maddie vanished in Praia da Luz.
It is believed the
woman mistook the Brit for a courier and asked in an Aussie accent: "Are
you here to deliver my new daughter?" She seemed agitated during their
conversation at 2am on May 7, 2007, continuing: "Have you got got the
She left the
Rey De La Gamba bar in the Port Olimpic marina when she realised the
man, 41, didn't know what she was talking about.
by retired Det Insp
Dave Edgar are probing the possibility Madeleine was
kidnapped to order and smuggled out of Portugal by boat. He said the
'Posh' double was "a strong lead. Madeleine could have been in
In a separate line
of inquiry, investigators have been given the name of an Australian
woman whose powerboat is thought to have entered the same marina on May
Records show it
left two days later and is registered to a wealthy family from Perth,
Australia. Last night the brother of the female owner said: "She had
nothing to do with the disappearance."