AYIA NAPA - Police Spokesman Andreas Angelides stated on Saturday that investigations proved fruitless after a British tourist informed the authorities that he spotted what he believed to be missing girl Madeleine McCann in Ayia Napa.
Madeleine was nearly four when she vanished from her family's Portuguese holiday apartment in Praia da Luz as her parents, Gerry and Kate, ate dinner at a nearby tapas restaurant with friends
According to the police official, the tourist told police officers that he believed he saw the girl in a holiday apartment complex in the popular resort. Officers went to the area but did not locate the girl or the British family the girl was reportedly with. Angelides added that it was likely that "the British family had already departed from the island" and that Interpol had already been notified of the result of their investigation.
The disappearance of the little girl led to a worldwide search amidst fears the girl had been snatched, but despite a number of leads coming to light no trace of Madeleine has every been conclusively found.
Since the disappearance, officials have from time to time issued digitally altered images showing what she might look like over the passage of time. Madeleine's family have never given up their quest to track down their missing daughter.
Kate McCann has ploughed £1million from sales of her book about the incident and its aftermath back into the search.
The bestseller, entitled simply Madeleine, was published in 2011 on the day of her eighth birthday.