Madeleine McCann has been ruled out in the Australian case involving the remains of a young girl found near a suitcase. Though the child involved in that case remains unidentified, authorities have said that she is definitely not the missing British girl. NBC News shared the details on Wednesday.
There were said to be some similarities between the remains of the girl in Australia and the missing British girl. However, now authorities say that Madeleine McCann is ruled out as being the child involved in the Australian case. South Australian authorities had warned that a match for McCann was unlikely, but now authorities have said that the remains definitively are not those of McCann.
Madeleine disappeared from her family’s vacation spot in Praia da Luz, Portugal in 2007. Despite some leads along the way, the girl has never been found and no arrests have ever been made. McCann was 3 at the time she disappeared.
As Echo details, Australian authorities have now ruled out 43 children in the case. The suitcase and remains were discovered next to a remote road near Adelaide on July 15. The remains are those of a young girl believed to be between two-and-a-half and four years of age. The investigation details that the girl was fair-haired and killed in another location at some point in 2007.
A quilt was in the suitcase, CNN notes, and investigators believe the quilt could be the key to determining the child’s identity. The quilt is said to be handmade and authorities have worked to digitally enhance the now-deteriorated quilt. In addition to the grey suitcase and girl’s remains were some itemes of clothing. The clothing included a Dora the Explorer shirt and black party dress.
While Madeleine McCann was ruled out as being the child involved in this case, many questions remain. Where is McCann and what happened to her? Who is the child who was found along the Australian roadway? Many are curious to see answers come in both cases, and the investigations continue.