British officers requested that tests be done to prove the girl was not Madeleine McCann, reports the Mail Online.

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”

Police launched an investigation in January when a Queenstown retailer became suspicious of a man and the young girl. This was the second time the girl was mistaken for Madeleine.

Madeleine was nearly four when she vanished from her family’s Portuguese holiday apartment in Praia da Luz  in 2008 as her parents, Gerry and Kate, ate dinner at a nearby tapas restaurant with friends.

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