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No missing British girl found in Leh: Police

July 29, 2011 00:00 IST

A senior police officer has denied that any missing British girl had been recovered by them in the Leh town of cold desert region of Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir.

Media reports had said that Madeleine McCann, a British girl who went missing while on a holiday in Portugal in 2007 had been spotted in Leh town by a British woman.

Reports had also said that DNA confirmation would be made to ascertain the identity of the girl who had been found roaming in the Leh market with a French woman and her Belgian husband.

When contacted, the deputy inspector general of police, Abdul Gani Mir, denied police had found any missing foreign girl in Leh town.

"We have confirmed and re-confirmed from our officers on the ground in Leh and there is no report of the missing girl having been found in the town", Mir said.

State police authorities were flooded with phone calls from journalists after the story about the missing girl having been sighted in Leh town appeared in British press on Thursday.

The case of the Madeleine McCann had hogged headlines when she disappeared while holidaying with her parents and siblings in the Algarve region of Portugal in 2007.

Mukhtar Ahmad in Srinagar