A DNA sample has been sent to Scotland Yard from a young girl spotted in Queenstown who looked like missing British girl Madeleine McCann.
New Zealand police obtained the sample following the sighting, which was not the first time the girl had been reported to authorities.
Detective Senior Sergeant Kallum Croudis, of Dunedin, told Fairfax NZ: “Police will be sending a DNA profile to British police … to confirm the identity of a girl who has been mistaken for Madeleine by a member of the public.”
The test, which was given voluntarily to police, was a conclusive way of establishing identity.
“The results of this process will not be known for some time,” he said.
Madeleine McCann went missing from the Ocean Club complex in Praia da Luz, Portugal, in 2007 just before her fourth birthday while on holiday with her family.
A retailer reported seeing a girl who looked similar to Madeleine on New Year’s Eve, sparking a five-day police investigation.
Queenstown police later released a statement saying they had identified to girl and were “absolutely satisfied” it was not Madeleine.