Thursday 6 Sep 2007, Timed at True High Noon - THE GREAT “LAST PHOTO” FORGERY - is a fascinating, lengthy, detailed and plausible post on the Mirror forums by Anon which examines this "the last photograph taken of Madeleine". UPDATE 14th September 2007 - every link to this original story is now inoperative. Curious.
"The family of missing Madeleine McCann have released the last known photograph of their daughter before her abduction in the Algarve three weeks ago.
Laughing in the sunshine and dangling her feet in the swimming pool, a carefree Madeleine McCann poses for a happy family snap just hours before she was abducted. Seven hours after the photograph was taken by her mother Kate at 2.29pm on May 3, Madeleine had been snatched from her bed in the holiday resort of Praia da Luz in Portugal."
This photograph it is explained on the official blog
"Kate took the photo of Madeleine at 2.29pm on May 3 - Mrs McCann's camera clock is one hour out so the display reads 1.29pm. Less than eight hours later, before 10pm that night, Madeleine disappeared."
The post actually uses a larger version of this photograph whose copyright is AP/Mrs McCann, which the author calls the "Kataweb /Repubblica version: http://www.repubblica.it/2006/05/gallerie/esteri/bimba-rapita/afp104564692505151527_big.jpg
There are many cropped versions on the web and this appears to be the largest image used by on line media.
The poster identifies some curious anomolies of shadow positions, sizes, locations / timing / and apparent photoshopping which you can best deal with by reading the details provided.
The theory adduced for the alleged photographic palimpsest is to establish a time and place for the last sighting of Madeleine which the poster claims is fraudulent, by image anipulation...they claim to have told the Police.
It is commonly assumed that Madeleine was last seen on May 3rd after having been fed. It appears that there is no substantial proof of this - and if she disappeared before that time a longer time span would be available for anyone to dispose of anything they wanted.
No doubt, however as the days pass, the disappearance of Madeleine will be resolved with greater clarity.
TIMING UPDATE - The News of the World in their edition today Sunday 9th September 2007 report .."The last time Madeleine was seen alive was by staff at the Ocean Club creche at 6pm."
Which, if true means that all this is bollocks.