DNA tests have confirmed a New Zealand girl is not the missing youngster Madeleine McCann, police have announced.
The girl has twice been mistaken for Madeleine by members of the public and British police asked for testing to be carried out to confirm she was not the missing child.
The first sighting was last March and the second on New Year’s Eve.
New Zealand police have said in a statement that they have sent the DNA samples to Scotland Yard officers who are still investigating Madeleine’s disappearance.
Detective Inspector Steve McGregor said: “We have received confirmation from Scotland Yard that a DNA sample provided voluntarily from a girl mistaken as missing British girl Madeleine McCann on New Year’s Eve in Queenstown last year does not provide a match for that of the missing girl.
“At the time of the sighting police made thorough inquiries into the sighting and were completely satisfied that the girl was not Madeleine McCann.”
New Zealand police say the unnamed girl’s family has requested privacy.
A Scotland Yard spokesman confirmed that following the DNA submission police were “satisfied” that the girl identified in New Zealand was not Madeleine.
Madeleine was nearly four when she disappeared from her family’s holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in Portugal’s Algarve on May 3, 2007 as her parents dined at a tapas restaurant with friends nearby.
Kate and Gerry McCann, of Rothley, Leicestershire, have campaigned tirelessly for information on their daughter’s whereabouts, battling for a review by the Metropolitan Police, which has now been under way for more than 18 months.
Her disappearance has sparked a number of false sightings around the world.
Portuguese police closed the case in 2008 after failing to find out what happened to her.