A British private investigator has been criticised for declaring he had seen Madeleine McCann in Aregua in Paraguay.
Miraz Ullahh Ali has come under fire from Interpol and Paraguayan authorities for placing advert in a local newspaper.
Government officials and police have voiced their disapproval of not being consulted before going public.
Aregua is a city, 20 miles from capital Ascuncion with around 100,000 inhabitants.
The advert read as follows: "We have been informed that Madeleine McCann is living in Aregua, possibly with a woman.
“She was kidnapped from her holiday apartment in Praia da Luz on the Algarve on May 3 2007 when she was three."
It mentioned that Madeleine is now aged 12 and there is a two million euro reward for her recovery.
Paraguayan police sent investigators to the city but found no evidence of Madeleine in the city.
It is now believed Ali has since returned to the UK
Victor Tandi from Interpol said: “It’s illogical and totally incoherent what this man has done.
“It makes no sense to simply take a few photos and then leave."
Vice interior minister Jalil Rachid said on the radio: "He’s saying missing Madeleine is in Aregua and he goes there to take some pictures and then returns. Obviously he left empty-handed.
"I believe he’s been very irresponsible and committed a grave error in the way he’s acted.
“This man has now left Paraguay and is back in London as far as I know."
“The first suspicion that comes to mind is that he’s trying to extort money out of Madeleine’s family."