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Blonde girl NOT missing Maddie.

PICTURED is the little blonde girl whose photo sparked fresh hope that missing Madeleine McCann might be found alive.

But journalists have tracked five-year-old Bushra Binhisa down to a remote hillside village of Zinat in the north of the country.

Villagers confirmed that the toddler is the daughter of an olive farmer.

Clarence Mitchell, the McCanns' spokesman, said: "Clearly, if these reports that the girl in the photograph isn't Madeleine are true, it is disappointing news.

"This is why Gerry and Kate refused to comment on individual sightings.

"Clearly, the search for Madeleine will continue and I would appeal for everyone to refocus their efforts."

Nearly pounds 300,000 has been spent so far on the search for Madeleine.

Directors of a fighting fund launched to find the four-year-old and support her family met today to discuss how the cash is spent.

To date, according to its website, individuals and organisations have given pounds 1,036,104 to Madeleine's Fund.

Donations have rolled in from people touched by the appeals of parents Gerry and Kate McCann, whose daughter vanished from their holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal, on May 3.


MISTAKEN IDENTITY... Bushra Binhisa (and inset top) with mum and dad and (inset bottom) Madeleine McCann.
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Date:Sep 27, 2007
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