The Metropolitan Police have issued two new 'e-fit' images of a man wanted for questioning over the disappearance of three-year-old Madeleine McCann.
Release of the new images coincides with the broadcast of a new televised reconstruction of events on 3 May 2007. Investigators now claim the timeline and "accepted version of events" surrounding Madeleine's disappearance have significantly changed.
The police's new strategy dominates the headlines, particularly in the UK media.
The same pattern of saturation coverage followed the release several months ago of a new 'age-progressed' picture of Madeleine McCann. We previously reported how scientific research on such 'aged-progressed' images suggests this approach might in fact harm recognition chances.
But the press were convinced a new breakthrough was imminent then, as it is again, now.
The study we reported on; Age-progressed images may harm recognition of missing children by increasing the number of plausible targets conducted by Steve Charman and Rolando Carol, from Florida International University, found that age-progressed images were not just simply decreasing the likelihood of recognising anyone, they seemed to be systematically leading people away from recognising the target (and toward mistakenly 'recognising' non-targets).
So what does the latest psychological research reveal about the new strategy? Is it similarly flawed?
Click to read more about this case and psychological research by FIU professors.