Kate and Gerry McCann were today waiting to hear whether a reported sighting of their daughter Madeleine in Spain was valid, their spokesman said.
They were told police in Majorca launched a search for the missing youngster on Sunday after a suspected sighting by a British couple.
The tourists claimed to have seen the little girl, missing since May last year, with two women in the south east of the island.
Their spokesman, Clarence Mitchell, said: “Kate and Gerry are aware of this report, as are their investigators, and are grateful to the couple for informing the Spanish police as quickly as they did.
“Kate and Gerry are awaiting to hear from the Spanish authorities whether this is valid. There have been so many reported sightings which sadly have come to nothing that they have long learned not to get their hopes up.”