The family of missing four-year-old Madeleine McCann yesterday released an image of the face of a man they believe could be involved in her disappearance, as they launched an international appeal to trace him.
Drawn by an FBI-trained police artist, it is the first detailed likeness of any suspect in the eight-month-old case. He was described as "disturbing" and acting suspiciously by a British holidaymaker who came across him at her apartment 600 yards from that of the McCanns in the same resort in Portugal.
The long-haired man seen by Gail Cooper, 50, three times in late April last year, was said by Jane Tanner, a friend of the McCanns, to bear a "strong resemblance" to the man she saw carrying a child in pink pyjamas and bare feet from the complex on May 3, the night Madeleine vanished.
Clarence Mitchell, Kate and Gerry McCann's official spokesman, said that when shown the sketches, Tanner was struck by the likeness to the man she had seen carrying the child she now believes was Madeleine