Madeleine McCann's parents have been told of a possible sighting of their missing child,

A British couple reported seeing a child

resembling Madeleine, who would now be eight, in the town

of Leh, India last week.

The little girl mysteriously vanished from a Portugal apartment in 2007 days before

her fourth birthday as she holidayed with her parents, Kate (above) and

Glasgow-born Gerry.

McCann family spokesman Clarence Mitchell said the family was

investigating the report but said it was "no more credible" than many

other leads they receive.

"Our private investigators have been aware of this

report since the weekend and have been trying to establish the truth," he told STV News: "

Unfortunately there is nothing that leads us to believe that this

sighting is any more credible than any of the others we have received

over the last four and a bit years.

"Initial reports were very confused – some witnesses said the little

girl was about six years old – Madeleine is now eight and would look

substantially different from the little girl who was taken. The search

for Madeline is very much alive and we will continue to follow up every


The McCann family has not been asked for a DNA sample.