"There's nothing concrete about that
person," Arias said of Ali.
He added that the researcher has not
even contacted the National Police or
the Foreign Ministry about the alleged
sighting of Maddie, Fox News reports.
Another local police officer suggested
that Ali - who has reportedly not been
seen in the area - is only 'getting
involved' in high-profile case for the
The Metropolitan Police told the Mirror
Online they are aware of the reports and
will be making enquiries.
Maddie vanished from her bed in a
holiday apartment in Praia de Luz,
Algarve, on the evening of May 3, 2007.
Her disappearance made - and continues
to make - headlines across the world.
Despite the length of time that has
passed, Kate and Gerry, both 47, of
Rothley, Leicestershire, refuse to give
up hope of ever finding their daughter
Last month, Kate revealed she gets the
strength to carry on searching for her
daughter from messages of support from
people who 'haven’t forgotten' her
She told the Sun she and her heart
doctor husband were amazed by the
continuing support from total strangers
— and that it kept them going.
She said: “This Christmas we got
hundreds of cards saying, ‘We haven’t
forgotten her’, ‘We’re still looking’.
“They were from America, Russia, Japan —
there was even one from Trinidad and
Kate had previously said she was
convinced the tot never went far from
the Praia da Luz resort where she was
snatched on May 3 2007.
This is despite thousands of reported
sightings of her around the world.
The distraught mother 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).
The scheme, funded by the Royal Mail,
sends appeals to phones, computers, and
tablets when a child vanishes.
Kate said that if the scheme had been
around back in 2007 then Maddie, aged
three at the time, may have been found
“It’s nearly nine years and that’s so
ridiculous and so unbelievable,” she
“You think ‘gosh that could have been
hours, or a day’.