she vanished (L) and how she would look now
A striking image of how
Madeleine McCann might look now, if
still alive, has been released by her parents.
The picture was sent out ahead of the second anniversary of her
Kate McCann employed a forensic imaging artist to produce a
photographic impression of how the youngster would have aged in the two
years since she went missing.
It will be used on posters to be distributed worldwide, as part of the
couple's continuing search for their little girl.
Madeleine was just three years old when she vanished from a holiday
Praia da Luz,
Portugal, on May 3 2007.
If still alive - and the McCanns believe there is a "very real
likelihood" she is - she would now be five, nearly six, years old.
Winfrey's live chat show in the United States, the image
depicts the child at six years of age.
The expert, at the United States National Centre for Missing and
Exploited Children, used pictures of the parents at around the same age
to produce the "age progression image".
It shows a smiling Madeleine, wearing a pink head-band in her fair
The couple believe it is the most realistic image possible of how she
might look today, their spokesman
Clarence Mitchell said.
It is published on posters alongside an old photograph of Madeleine, for
comparison, under the headings Have You Seen This Little Girl? and Don't
Give Up On Me.
Mr Mitchell said: "It was difficult for Kate to see the image at first,
but over time she has got used to it and both Kate and Gerry believe
it's the best image possible of what Madeleine may look like now."
The posters urge anyone who has seen Madeleine to contact their local
police force immediately, or alternatively call +44 (0)845 838 4699 or