Madeleine McCann: "If Maddie has been abducted it is highly unlikely her life would be a total misery"

Maddie: The face of 2009

By MIKE PARKER in Los Angeles

EXPERTS say this is how Madeleine McCann may look today – 20 months after she went missing.

This astonishing image was created for the Daily Star Sunday by forensic computer age-progression expert Jovey Mae Hayes.

Using the same techniques she employs for the FBI and American police forces in missing persons cases and kidnappings, she has aged Maddie’s face to reveal the way she looks now.

“Her face would be elongated, her chin would have become more pronounced and distinctive and her nose would be a bit bigger,” said Jovey Mae.

We asked her to show how Maddie now looks on the basis that she has been physically untouched since her disappearance from the holiday resort of Praia da Luz in Portugal on May 3, 2007.

Working from the photo taken shortly before she vanished – Jovey Mae’s image shows Maddie with a hint of a smile.


“Even in the worst possible circumstances it would be impossible to imagine that her life today is totally bereft of even slight happiness,” the expert claimed.

Jovey Mae also revealed Maddie, who went missing just days before her fourth birthday, could be suffering from Stockholm syndrome.

This is defined by experts as “a psychological response sometimes seen in an abducted hostage in which the hostage shows signs of loyalty to the hostage-taker, regardless of the danger, or at least risk, in which they have been placed”.

The syndrome’s name was coined by psychiatrist and criminologist Nils Bejerot following a five-day bank siege in the Swedish capital in 1983.

Police were astonished that some hostages defended the armed robbers who had held them captive.

Jovey Mae said: “If Maddie has been abducted, she may have built a degree of trust in the person or people who are hold her, if they have treated her well. It is highly unlikely her life would be a total misery – hence the slight smile. This, at least, may be of some comfort to her parents and relatives.”

Oh yes, they're comforted alright


Source: Daily Star Sunday (paper edition) 4 January 2009

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