Friday, 22 June 2007

Malta's Police confirms: Girl seen was not Madeleine

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The girl seen in the island of Malta was not Madeleine, local police confirmed, according to IMEDINEWS, that quotes a UPI dispatch:

“Local police and Interpol searched the Caribbean island, its ports and airports after several people reported seeing a child resembling 4-year-old Madeline, the Times of London reported. But no evidence of the girl was found.”
Welsh tourist Ray Roberts was one of the people who spotted a girl he thought might be the missing child. The girl he saw was wearing a jet black wig and was accompanied by an Arabic-looking man in his 40s who spoke in broken English, he said. It was obviously not his first language so it seemed odd that he had to speak to her in English," he told the Times. Then I noticed the little girl's hair. It was pitch black, very thick and cut in an unusual style for a child that age -- very much like a wig rather than real hair." Police said a photograph proved the child was not the missing girl.”


Anonymous said...

Hi Paulo,
i read this a few ago in the news Police received no report on Maddie from Ray Roberts. Really strang in my opinion.
Regards Tom

Anonymous said...

Malta is not a Caribbean island... Were there sightings in the Caribbeans?

Paulo Reis said...


Thank's a lot! That's amazing! I think that events like these are clear indications of two phenomenons suscitated by the media frenzy around Madeleine's case, and this case of Ray Roberts can be an example of:

1 - First, a kind of a collective schizophrenia, with people saying they saw things they haven't seen, but they would like to see;

2 - Second, people looking for his "15 minutes of fame", as Andy Warhol once said;


Paulo Reis

Anonymous said...

malta is not a caribbean island for sure it is out near the kidnapping area not this side of the world but tropical anyway. I think Paulo you have a combined version of two different stories their from what I have read in the malta star and other papers. I don't think any relevent information is going to be made public right now. God bless madeleine. Paulo how is you dad and the little one?

Thanks for the updates they are a very nice touch.


Paulo Reis said...

Anonymous and jennifer:

I put a map to show where is the Island of Malta. Didn't heard of any sighting in a Caribbean Island...

Paulo Reis

Anonymous said...

I think that you will now find that only the sighting where someone took a picture on their mobile phone has been discounted. There are still other sightings which have not been discounted. Strangely she was seen on a bus by a couple who say they chatted to a young girl. Why doesn't someone just drop her name into the conversation and see whether she reacts? Simple but obvious surely?

Thanks for the updates

Anonymous said...

The sightings in Malta certainly diverted media attention away from the parents' balloon launch to mark 50 days since Madeleine's disappearance. Could this have even been a deliberate ploy?

Paulo Reis said...

Of course Malta is not a Caribbean Island - in fact, it's a country that is part of the European Union.. The mistake was from either IMEDINEWS or UPI... I quoted the story and didn't notice they referred a "Caribbewn Island"....

Anna said...

Is this your site?

If it is you have changed your mind somewhat!

Paulo Reis said...


Yes, that's one of my blogs - it is in my "front page" ( this link:

Blog 2: Madeleine McCann abduction and the Media

Could you explain why you say I have changed my mind? I just don't see, as a journalist, the slightest EVIDENCE that Gerry and Kate have something to do with Madeleine's abduction. I believe they have made a mistake, leaving the children alone. Have I ever wrote anything sugesting the opposite? But I don't see EVIDENCE that they commited a crime, that they have something to do with Madeleine's disapearence, as I've read, in many blogs and foruns..


Paulo Reis