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Girl's body found in Australia is not Madeleine McCann

Madeleine McCann went missing in Portugal in 2007 aged three. Credit: PA

A little girl's body found in a suitcase in Australia is not missing Madeleine McCann.

Police confirmed she had been "totally excluded" as a potential victim along with 42 other missing children.

The decomposed body is that of a fair-haired girl aged between two and four, who was killed at another location in at least 2007.

Blonde Madeleine was three years old when she went missing from the family's holiday apartment in Portugal's Algarve on May 3 2007.

South Australia Police Detective Superintendent Des Bray said: "I can confirm that Madeleine McCann has been totally excluded as a potential victim and UK police have been advised."

Madeleine McCann parents awarded £358,000 libel payout

Kate and Gerry McCann, the parents of missing Madeleine, have been awarded a libel payout by a court in Portugal against the former police chief who led the investigation into their daughter's disappearance.

Kate and Gerry McCann. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Goncalo Amaral was ordered to pay damages of €250,000 to each of the McCanns, a total of £358,000, after they sued following the publication of his book The Truth of the Lie.

The court also ordered sales of the book to be halted.

Giving evidence at Lisbon's Palace of Justice last year the couple spoke of their "devastation, desperation, anxiety and pain" over the claims.

They added that the book hampered support from in Portugal as they looked for their daughter.

Mrs McCann told the court her young son had asked about Mr Amaral's allegations after hearing about them on the radio while travelling on the school bus.


Robert Murat questioned in McCann probe

Robert Murat Credit: Solarpix

British ex-pat Robert Murat is being questioned as a witness by police as part of the investigation into the 2007 disappearance of Madeleine McCann.

It is understood Murat and his wife will both be questioned in connection with the case.

British police have travelled to the Algarve in Portugal where they have been sitting in on interviews conducted by Portuguese officers.

Robert Murat arrives for questioning over McCann case

British ex-pat Robert Murat and his wife Michaela Walczuch have arrived at a police station in the Algarve to be questioned by police investigating the Madeleine McCann case.

Robert Murat and his wife Michaela Walczuch arriving at the police station.

British detectives are sitting in on interviews as Portuguese officers talk to 11 different witnesses.

Ms Walczuch's former husband Luis Antonio is also among those being questioned.

Six Madeleine witnesses still to be identified

The identities of six of the 11 potential witnesses being interviewed in Portugal over missing Madeleine McCann have yet to be made public.

Those we do know include Robert Murat, a Brit who was the first person to be declared a suspect but was never arrested or charged, his wife Michaela Walczuch and her ex-husband Luis Antonio.

Joaquim Marques was today interviewed for the third time while British police sat in.

While Mario Marreiros, who worked at the Ocean Club hotel where Madeleine's family were staying, claims he saw a man acting suspiciously.

ITV News reporter Rebecca Barry has this report:

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