Tuesday 22 August 2017

'A horrible marker of time': Madeleine McCann's mother on life ten years on from disappearance

Madeleine McCann has been missing for almost ten years Photo:Getty
Madeleine McCann has been missing for almost ten years Photo:Getty
Madeleine McCann. Photo credit: PA Wire
Amy Molloy

Amy Molloy

Madeleine McCann's mother has marked the tenth anniversary of her daughter's disappearance by vowing to "never give up hope".

In a message on the Official Find Madeleine Campaign Facebook page, Kate McCann described the tenth anniversary as a "horrible marker of time, stolen time."

"We could spend all our time and energy trying to defend ourselves by correcting inaccuracies and lies, but then we would have no strength left to look for Madeleine, look after our other children and to live our life," she wrote.

Madeleine McCann vanished from the family's holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in Portugal on May 3, 2007 when she was just three-years-old.

Madeleine McCann's disappearance remains a mystery
Madeleine McCann's disappearance remains a mystery

Preparing themselves for the next two weeks, Ms McCann said it would be an extremely difficult time for the family.

"It's likely to be stressful and painful and more so given the rehashing of old 'stories', misinformation, half-truths and downright lies which will be doing the rounds in the newspapers, social media and 'special edition' TV programmes.

"We consider ourselves immensely fortunate to have received the love, solidarity and support from so many kind and decent people over the last decade.

"There have been many challenges and low points along the way but the warmth, encouragement and positivity we have experienced from the 'quiet majority' has undoubtedly sustained us and maintained our faith in human goodness. And while that is there, there will always be hope.

A computer generated image of how Madeleine McCann might look today
A computer generated image of how Madeleine McCann might look today

"Thank you so much from all of our family."

Kate and her husband Gerry McCann, who work as doctors and live in Rothley, Leicestershire, described media appearances as "draining" in the post.

They also said there is an "active" police investigation to try find Madeleine and bring her abductor to justice.

Madeleine's disappearance sparked one of the most high-profile investigations in recent times and has cost millions of euro.

Many theories have been put forward about her disappearance, with the latest claiming she may have left the apartment looking for her parents before she was taken.

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