What would Madeleine McCann look like now?

As the 10-year mark of Madeleine McCann's disappearance looms, artists and forensic experts continue to create images of what she may have looked like as she grew up.

Madeleine disappeared from her bedroom while on holiday with her parents Kate and Jerry in Portugal in 2007.

She would be 13 now, and would turn 14 on May 12.

Forensic images and artist's impressions have shown her progression through the years from a three-year-old, to a seven-year-old, and to a nine-year-old.

The Child Exploitation & Online Protection Centre released pictures of Madeleine aging in a warmer climate, acting on theories that she could have been smuggled overseas for child trafficking.

The same image was also created based on Madeleine being in a cooler climate, aged seven.

In 2012 the Metropolitan Police released an image of Madeleine aged nine, with the help of her parents Kate and Gerry.

Kate and Gerry McCann with an image of what Madeleine might have looked like aged 9 (Getty)
Kate and Gerry McCann with an image of what Madeleine might have looked like aged 9 (Getty)

A spokesman said at the time: "Kate sees Madeleine in the image, and also sees Madeleine's siblings Sean and Amelie and herself in it," according to The Mirror.

The Mirror also reports that Kate wants to create a new image of Madeleine as a teenager.

It's a complex and expensive process, but a friend of the couple said: "No one thought Madeleine would be missing so long and sometimes Kate worries the public won't recognise her.

"It's lengthy and costly but they are thinking about doing it again on advice from US forensic scientists."

Kate McCann released a public statement this week to speak about the approaching 10-year mark and what she sees as stolen time.

"Ten years - there's no easy way to say it, describe it, accept it. I remember when Madeleine first disappeared I couldn't even begin to consider anything in terms of years.

"Most days are similar to the rest - another day. May 3, 2017 - another day. But 10 years - a horrible marker of time, stolen time.

"Thankfully, there is an active police investigation to try and find Madeleine and bring her abductor to justice."

Ms McCann thanked the public for their love and support, and stated that there will always be hope for Madeleine.

"We will go on, try our hardest, never give up and make the best of the life we have."


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