This undated handout shows a montage of photos showing a suitcase (top-L) which contained child's clothing and the bones of a child when it was found on July 14, 2015 in Wynarka. Handout picture: South Australia police

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Police have been forced to deny that the body of a blonde-haired child found in the Australian Outback is that of Madeleine McCann.

The girl, whose body was found in a suitcase at the side of the road near the town of Wynarka, 75 miles south east of Adelaide, in South Australia, is believed to have been violently killed about eight years ago when she was aged between two and four.

Detectives say she died a “violent death in terrible circumstances”, but have not revealed details.

Madeleine was three years old when she vanished in Portugal in 2007.

South Australia’s police commissioner Grant Stevens was forced to deny rumours it might be Madeleine.

“To suggest something like that at this point in time would purely be speculating to get attention,” he told a parliamentary committee.

Police said they are stunned that no one has come forward to suggest who the girl might be.

Daily Mail