Before Operation Grange stated in October 2013 that they had identified Tannerman – the man that Jane Tanner saw at around 9:15pm on the evening Madeleine disappeared – there had been a suggestion that this person was the same as the one seen by the Smith family (Smithman) around 45 minutes later.
The table below sets out the descriptions given of these sightings; columns B, C and D are of Tannerman, and E, F, G and H are of Smithman.
The identification of Tannerman by Operation Grange makes the above comparison somewhat redundant. However it does serve to show the extent to which the two sightings were made to look as if they were of the same man in the ???? Documentary.