Portuguese police searching for Madeleine McCann released a faceless e-fit of a kidnap suspect, a Netflix documentary has said.
A re-imagination of the sketch was revealed in the second episode of an eight-part documentary series called The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann, which was released this morning.
Police showed locals the drawing of a face without eyes, nose or a mouth while hunting for the missing three-year-old in 2007.
The sketch was described as ‘an egg with a side-parting’ by a local British business owner.
Simon Russell, who drew the sketch from memory the day after police showed it to him, said: ‘I smiled when they showed it to me. What else could you do?’
In the docu-series, Portuguese police were also accused of doing a ‘minimal investigation’ of the room the night Madeleine disappeared.
Former Portuguese detective Goncalo Amaral, who was fired from the investigation in October 2007, made the claims in the series.
He said: ‘We inspected the place as if it had been a robbery. It is what you might call the most “minimal” inspection in terms of detail.’
Amaral added: ‘We came as soon as it was communicated to us. Well, not right away. We arrived after the National Republic Guard, who also got there late.
‘The GNR were notified late and this lateness triggered a delay to the sequence of evidence.’
Amaral made her parents official suspects, and wrongly claimed MI5 had involvement in hiding Madeleine’s body.
Co-author of Looking For Madeleine Robbyn Swan also said ‘evidence had been trampled’ by police.
It has also been suggested that Madeline, who would be aged 15 today, is still alive and was taken by traffickers from the holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in 2007 because of her financial values as a ‘middle-class British girl’.
She was kidnapped when she was just three years old while her parents had dinner with friends at a restaurant at the resort.
They hired private investigator Julian Peribanez who said traffickers normally go for ‘lower class’ children from poorer countries.
He said: ‘That’s the main supplier of these gangs. The value that Madeleine had was really high because if they took her it’s because they were going to get a lot of money.’
Senior child protection officer Jim Camble also claimed in the documentary that the mystery over Maddie’s disappearance will be solved in his life time.
He said: ‘There’s huge hope to had with the advances in technology. Year on year DNA is getting better. Year on year other techniques, including facial recognition, are getting better.
‘And as we use that technology to revisit and review that which we captured in the past, there’s every likelihood that something we already know will slip into position.’
Neither Maddie’s parents or any of the friends who were with them the night she disappeared have taken part in the documentary.