Madeleine McCann’s parents have rejected newly released pictures of what their missing daughter could look like now.
The age-progression images of their child were circulated on Instagram , although neither of Maddie’s parents signed off on them.
Gerry and Kate McCann fear the pictures could mislead people and actually hamper the search for their daughter.
The Official Find Madeleine Campaign Facebook page, run on behalf of the parents, said: “We have received questions about a new age-progression image that was circulated on Instagram.
“This image was not commissioned by nor endorsed by Gerry and Kate or Operation Grange [the Met Police team in charge of the case].
“Any other accounts sharing age-progression images are not from us or Operation Grange. Thank you for helping in the search for Madeleine.”
One of the pictures, which was supposedly created by experts, shows a blonde-haired girl beaming, revealing her bright white teeth.
Some Instagram users questioned whether the picture had even a close resemblance to the missing girl, reports the Daily Star.
Maddie, who would have turned 16 in May, went missing just before her fourth birthday while on holiday with her parents in Portugal in 2007.
Age-progression pictures have helped to locate more than 900 missing people in the past – and official images of what Madeleine might have looked like in the years after her disappearance were released in 2009 and 2012.
The Met Police declined to comment on the new pictures, although a source told the Daily Star that officers were looking into them.