Madeleine was just 3 years old when she disappeared in 2007 while on vacation with her family in Portugal.
Madeleine McCann's parents, Kate and Gerry have released a statement to mark the 15th anniversary of their daughter's disappearance. The McCanns were on holiday with three other families in Praia da Luz when Madeleine went missing. The little girl was just three years old when she vanished from her family's apartment at a resort in Praia da Luz, Portugal, in 2007. For over a decade, her parents have been fighting to find out the truth about what happened to their child. Sadly, they haven't been able to find her. May 3 marks 15 years since Maddie disappeared.
On the 15th anniversary of Madeleine McCann's disappearance in Portugal, her parents remain hopeful that efforts in three countries to solve the mystery will eventually bring answers. https://t.co/4mPJd3ObKn— AP Europe (@AP_Europe) May 3, 2022
In a statement, they shared: This year we mark fifteen years since we last saw Madeleine. It feels no harder than any other but no easier either. It’s a very long time. Many people talk about the need for ‘closure’. It’s always felt a strange term. Regardless of outcome, Madeleine will always be our daughter and a truly horrific crime has been committed. These things will remain. It is true though that uncertainty creates weakness; knowledge and certainty give strength, and for this reason our need for answers, for the truth, is essential. We are grateful for the ongoing work and commitment of the UK, Portuguese and German authorities as it is this combined police effort which will yield results and bring us those answers. As always, we would like to thank all of our supporters for their continued good wishes and support. It is a huge comfort to know that regardless of time passed, Madeleine is still in people’s hearts and minds. Thank you. Kate & Gerry.
🔔 | Madeleine McCann's parents have released a statement to mark the 15-year anniversary of her disappearance.— LADbible (@ladbible) May 2, 2022
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In an interview with BBC Radio 4 in 2018, Madeleine McCann's father Gerry recalled the terrifying night of their little girl's disappearance. "We started searching more widely really quickly and then very quickly raised the alarm," Gerry said. "You're in this quiet little holiday resort, that seemed idyllic, out of season and I certainly didn't speak Portuguese so I asked [our friend] Matt to go to reception and ask them to call the police." "I couldn't get the darkest thoughts out of our minds, that somebody had taken her and abused her," he continued. "I felt that every moment that we couldn't find her was worse. I remember being slumped on the floor and starting to call some of my family members and just saying: 'Pray for her'"
God bless the McCann family. They’ve lived in hell for 15 years. I pray they will find out what happened to little Madeleine.— GillP (@h48052341) May 2, 2022
McCanns say finding truth is essential 15 years on - BBC News https://t.co/y1Nzb94tQa
Recently, a suspect was formally identified in the case. Portuguese prosecutors said there was an official suspect Portuguese in a statement per The New York Post: “As part of the investigation into the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of Madeleine McCann in 2007, a person was made a suspect on Wednesday.” Christian B, 44, was officially named as a suspect in the toddler’s 2007 disappearance but was not charged with a crime. The suspect claims he has an alibi on the night of the child's disappearance.
I cannot believe that is has been 15 years ago today when Madeleine McCann went missing, I still live in hope she is still alive. 🙏🏻❤️ pic.twitter.com/lI39vZrrex— 🇬🇧Mark (@lovelifeloveno1) May 3, 2022
The German suspect revealed that he was having sex in a camper van the night McCann vanished. He is currently serving a seven-year jail sentence in Germany for the rape of a 72-year-old woman in 2005, as per LADBible. German prosecutor Hans Christian Wolters, who is leading the Madeleine investigation with Portuguese and British detectives, told Sky News, "I assume if he has anything that exonerates him that sooner or later he will share it with us and we would then check it out. What happens then, let's see. So far he has told us nothing, he's given us no alibi. So, we can only work on the evidence we have found so far in our investigation. And there was nothing to exonerate him."