I have never been more confident that Maddy will be found -- Kate
Kate and Gerry McCann said yesterday that they were more confident than ever that their daughter Madeleine would be found.
As the couple prepared to mark the fifth anniversary of the little girl's disappearance, they appealed once again for the public's help, expressing fears that the "burden" of the search would be passed to their seven-year-old twins, Sean and Amelie.
They said the hope that Madeleine would be found had never diminished and that Scotland Yard's ongoing review of the case, which has already identified several new pieces of information, had renewed their faith that the mystery would be solved.
Mrs McCann (44) said the new leads had left her feeling "more positive and hopeful" than she was a year ago but she admitted that she had stopped imagining a reunion with her daughter.
"It's almost like it's so good and so beautiful that I don't want to take myself there and for it not be real," she said.
"I have had a few dreams along the way, not recently, and they have been so tangible that it's incredibly painful because that's what we want every single day. It would be amazing."
Mr McCann (43) said he was "more confident now than at any point in the last four and a half years" that Madeleine, who would be nine next week, and the person responsible for her abduction from the family's holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal, on May 3, 2007, would be found.
In a series of interviews to mark the anniversary, Ms McCann revealed that Sean had even offered to help find his sister when they were older but said they tried hard to ensure the twins led normal lives.
Mr McCann said there was an "ongoing dialogue" with the Portuguese authorities. "I am sure the investigation will get opened again in due course."
Mrs McCann added: "We know there's a real possibility that Madeleine can still be found alive." (© Daily Telegraph, London)