06/07/2012 06:54 BST | Updated 21/09/2012 08:24 BST

Madeleine McCann: Stephen Birch 'Finds Grave' Of Missing Child (PICTURES)

A South African property developer claims Madeleine McCann’s body was buried near the site of her disappearance and that he has found her grave.

Stephen Birch says ground radar scans he made with specialist equipment have been passed to Scotland Yard, who are conducting an investigative review of the case.

He told Sky News: “All I want to do is solve the mystery and bring closure to Madeleine’s family. I am convinced she lies where I have scanned.


“I’ve had the scans analysed and they show digging, a void and what could be human bones.”

Madeleine was nearly four-years-old when she vanished in 2007 from her family's holiday apartment in Praia da Luz as her parents dined with friends at a tapas bar nearby.

Her parents, Gerry and Kate McCann, continue their search, claiming: “There is absolutely nothing to suggest that Madeleine has been harmed.”

They have not commented on Mr Birch’s claims.

A spokesman for Scotland Yard told Huffington Post UK he was "not prepared to discuss specific lines of inquiry."

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