The sad ageing of Madeleine McCann

Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - 13:30 in Psychology & Sociology

The latest image of her, aged nine, created by a forensic artist, adds to the other disturbing photos of how she might lookThe computer-generated images of how Madeleine McCann may have grown up form a disturbing photo album. For a parent, it is seeing how your missing child may now look – in Madeleine's case five years after her disappearance.Kate and Gerry McCann commissioned earlier images from the US-based National Center for Exploited and Missing Children, but the latest was produced for the Metropolitan police by forensic artist Teri Blythe. Creating "age progression" images is "a lot more artistic and hands on" than simply stretching a few photographs of a missing person, according to Blythe, who trained in forensic anthropology and anatomy and then studied with the FBI to specialise in constructing such pictures.Rather than just examine photographs of the missing person, forensic artists use photographs of siblings and...

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