Madeleine McCann's search goes on with 'unwavering commitment'

25 December 2019, 08:55

Madeleine McCann's parents say the hunt is ongoing
Madeleine McCann's parents say the hunt is ongoing. Picture: PA
EJ Ward

By EJ Ward

The parents of Madeleine McCann have said "nothing has changed" and that the search for their missing daughter goes on with "unwavering commitment."

Kate and Gerry McCann posted the message as they face their 13th Christmas without their daughter, who vanished aged three while the family were on holiday in Portugal.

The message, on the official Find Madeleine Facebook page, said: "Nothing has changed".

It added: "We love her, we miss her, we hope as always.

"The search for Madeleine goes on with unwavering commitment."

Heart doctor Gerry and former GP Kate, both 51, are grateful for the continued public support and send thanks to their many well-wishers.

The couple from Rothley, Leicestershire, finished their post: "Thank you to all our supporters for your steadfastness and compassion this year again and your warm Christmas wishes. Wishing you a very happy 2020. Kate & Gerry.”

Maddie was three when she vanished, she would now be 16
Maddie was three when she vanished, she would now be 16. Picture: PA

Maddie vanished from a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal, in May 2007 while her parents were dining in a nearby tapas restaurant dining with friends.

She had been left sleeping alone with her younger twin siblings.

Scotland Yard launched an investigation, Operation Grange, into her disappearance in 2013 after a Portuguese inquiry failed to make any headway.

So far the investigation has cost £11.75 million with the Home Office agreeing to fund the hunt for Madeleine until at least March next year.