They pictured a different police
inspector called Miguel Orué reading the
advert in his local paper looking
He said he had prepared "a report" for
his bosses, but added "I've let my
bosses know that in this district, no
private investigator has arrived, nor
have we any information about the
missing girl supposedly being here."
And ABC Color also tracked down Mr Miraz
Ullah Ali himself.
He was quoted as saying he hasn't even
spoken to police.
"I was only in Aregua taking some
photos, I didn't talk with any locals,
nor the police. I'm surprised that the
city is so small, I thought it would be
bigger," he said.
Further muddying the water, Mr Ali is
also quoted as saying: "We are not after
the reward money. My team and I are
carrying out this work because it is
right, and so that everyone knows we are
a serious business."
According to ABC, Mr Ali went on to
clarify that he hadn't been in contact
with any local police, and was working
He claimed a month or two ago he was
told Maddy was living with a woman in
Areguá who was keeping her hidden.
He reportedly added: "My mission was to
come and get to know the city of Areguá
and publish an advert in the newspaper
with the biggest circulation in the
The episode will cause further heartache
for Maddy's parents Kate and Gerry
The tot, then three, vanished from a
Portugal holiday apartment in 2007.
Last month, Kate McCann said she was
convinced her daughter never went far
from the Praia da Luz resort where she
was snatched - despite thousands of
reported sightings of her around the
She was speaking at the launch of
two-week drive to get a million people
in the UK to register for free Child
Rescue Alerts (CRAs).