MERRY CHRISTMAS to all our supporters. Your compassion and help has once again
spurred us on through another year and never fails to astound us.
We really appreciate
how lucky we are to have such amazing support behind us. Thank you.
It is our 9th
Christmas without Madeleine. As always, she is very much on our mind and in our
hearts and Christmas preparations. We have not lost hope that we may get to
celebrate another Christmas with her. If anything can drive us on, that most
This year has blown
over so quickly. Life is very busy, which is probably a good thing, but it does
mean the months don’t seem to last long! Thankfully, the police investigation
has made progress over the year. Whilst it is never as much or as speedy as we,
or the police would like, we are moving in the right direction and that’s the
positive. Patience and perseverance are virtues which we’ve acquired in
abundance over recent years - another positive!
2015 has also been a
full and successful year for the charity ‘Missing People’ which is great news
for many of those missing and their families too. I loved taking part in the
charity’s ‘500 mile Cycle Challenge’ in June and would encourage anyone who is
interested to give it a go next year. It is such a fulfilling and worthwhile
experience on many levels and it really makes a difference for missing loved
ones and their families. Thank you for all the support given to the charity
Thank you also for
all the lovely Christmas cards we’ve received. It gives us a lot of pleasure
and comfort to sit down together and share your kind messages, with the
reassurance that Madeleine has not been forgotten.
And so a new year
approaches….new energy, new opportunities, new hope.
Wishing you all a
very happy, healthy and peaceful 2016.
We would like to thank all the staff from Operation Grange for the
meticulous and painstaking work that they have carried out over the last four
and a half years.
The scale and difficulty of their task has never been in doubt. We
are reassured that the investigation to find Madeleine has been significantly
progressed and the MPS has a much clearer picture of the events in PDL leading
up to Madeleine’s abduction in 2007.
Given that the review phase of the investigation is essentially
completed, we fully understand the reasons why the team is being reduced. We
would also like to thank the Home Office for continuing to support the
Whilst we do not know what happened to Madeleine, we remain hopeful
that she may still be found given the ongoing lines of enquiry.
Day 2920: Friday 01 May, 2015 -
Update Eight years.
There's no gentle way of putting it. Whilst most days, weeks and
months are fairly similar –
Madeleine is missed every day – this time of year cuts deep as it's
a harsh reminder of time having passed and precious years with Madeleine
Without a shadow of doubt, the love, support, help and prayers that
we continue to receive from so many people, in spite of the years which have
gone by, encourages us, maintains our hope and lifts our spirits.
We are also buoyed and reassured by the unwavering commitment and
continued progress being made in the investigation. We are really grateful to
the Metropolitan Police team for their conscientiousness, patience,
consideration shown to us and above all, their will to find Madeleine and
determine what has happened.
Cooperation with and from the Portuguese Police has, and still is,
vital to the success of the investigation. We are very appreciative of the
joint working relationship established between the two forces.
Next month, I will be raising awareness again of the charity
Missing People, and the many children who go missing every year. One child is
too many. I will be taking part in a 500 mile charity cycle from Edinburgh to London and
during this journey, I am hoping to promote the UK's Child Rescue Alert (CRA)
system. If you can help me, please do by either donating at
www.justgiving.com/KateMcCann/ and/or signing up to the CRA at
We've always promised ourselves that something positive has to come
out of all the suffering Madeleine and our family have endured. If highlighting
the issues of child abduction (and missing children in general) and raising
money to enable the charity Missing People to carry out their invaluable work
improves this very real and heartbreaking problem, then every push of those
pedals will be worth it. Always.
Thank you again for your incredible and very humbling
kindness and support.
Day 2791: 23 December
2014 Tuesday Madeleine Beth McCann
MERRY CHRISTMAS to all of our supporters.
Once again we have been amazed this year by the support we continue
to have for our search for Madeleine - and opening the hundreds of Christmas
cards has once again been a truly humbling experience. The warmth, kindness and
commitment to never forget has precipitated more than a few happy tears! Thank
It's hard to ignore that 'here we are again' feeling at this time
of year, still with no idea where our daughter is or of what's happened. What
we can say is that our resolve to find out, as well as the hope which has
always been present, has not lessened. In addition it's very apparent that the
determination of the Metropolitan Police remains steadfast, in spite of the
persistent challenges they face.
No matter where she is, Madeleine will, as always, be very much
with us and our family this Christmas.
Day 2596: 11 June 2014
Wednesday, Madeleine Beth McCann
11 June, 2014 -
Statement from Gerry and Kate
We are very pleased that significant activity has taken place in
Praia da Luz over the last 8 days with police officers and support teams from
working closely with the Policia Judicial and the Guarda Nacional Republicana.
We are further encouraged that, despite the intensive searches, no
trace of Madeleine has been found and this reinforces our belief that she could
still be alive.
As parents of a missing child, we have always wanted all reasonable
lines of enquiry to be followed and it is gratifying to know that a substantial
amount of work will take place over the coming months with close cooperation of
the British and Portuguese authorities.
We would like to thank all those involved for their efforts and the
members of the public who have come forward with information.
Gerry and Kate
11 June, 2014 - Update
from Operation Grange
Operation Grange officers working alongside experts in their field
from around the UK,
the Policia Judicial and the Guarda Nacional Republicana today, Wednesday 11
June completed an eight day period of work searching specific areas of land in
Praia da Luz.
At this time no evidence relating to Madeleine McCann has been
identified. However it has given us an essential understanding of the activity
on and people that have used this piece of land.
This was the first phase of this major investigation which has been
agreed with the Portuguese following the four International Letters of Request
submitted to date. More activity has been agreed and we expect that to commence
shortly. In addition further requests are being compiled and will be submitted
in due course.
The decision to search the “horse shoe” shaped piece of waste
ground to the west of Praia da Luz and other sites was as a specific result of
investigation work to date.
The total area of land searched and surveyed was of approximately
60,000 sq metres and included all utilities, drainage channels and derelict
buildings. 41 ground anomalies were identified initially by both aerial survey
and ground analysis which were then investigated fully. These included three
outside of the original area.
This deployment which was the largest ever undertaken by UK police
overseas in a case of this type, highlighted the effective nature of the
assistance given by the Portuguese authorities, for which the investigation
team and family are very grateful.
The media’s understanding and co-operation following Assistant
Commissioner Rowley’s pre deployment briefing has also been noted and
There is still a substantial amount of work yet to be completed in
the coming weeks and months, which again should be viewed as no more than
normal operational activity in a case of this size and complexity. This recent
work is part of ensuring that all lines of enquiry are progressed in a
systematic manner and covers just the one hypothesis that she was killed and buried
locally. This is the same as would be done in the UK for a murder or high risk
missing person enquiry. The scientific support staff involved were there to
provide the highest level of assurance that this area was searched to the
highest possible standards.
Day 2561: 07 May 2014 Wednesday,
Madeleine Beth McCann
7th of May, 2014. We are devastatedwith the way the media has
behaved over the last couple of days in relation to our daughter’s case.
7th of May 2014 - Media
We are dismayed with the way the media has
behaved over the last couple of days in relation to our daughter’s case.
There is an on-going, already challenging, police investigation
taking place and media interference in this way not only makes the work of the
police more difficult, it can potentially damage and destroy the investigation
altogether – and hence the chances of us finding Madeleine and discovering what
has happened to her. As Madeleine’s parents, this just compounds our distress.
We urge the media to let the police get on with their work and please show some
respect and consideration to Madeleine and all our family.
Day 2556: 02 May 2014 Monday,
Madeleine Beth McCann
3rd May 2014 - Seventh
Anniversary Since Madeleine’s Abduction
Seven years without our daughter, seven years without a big sister
for Sean and Amelie. Sometimes we feel totally stuck for words. A lot of the
time there are no words. Our situation seems as unbelievable as it did that
very first night without Madeleine.
Whenever I find myself becoming paralysed with disbelief, unease,
frustration or sadness, I have to refocus my mind on the positives, of which
there are many.
The Metropolitan Police force continue to make encouraging progress
in their investigation with new evidence being uncovered, fresh information
coming in to the inquiry following appeals and subsequently, links being made
between people and events. We are hugely grateful to the general public for
continuing to support the investigation, especially those who have found the
courage to come forward with information despite difficult circumstances.
Whilst the MPS are cautiously optimistic of beginning enquiries on the ground
in the near future, we really hope that this will turn into a concerted effort
from the Portuguese authorities as we know there is still a lot to do. Working
together is key to the progress of the investigation and a Joint Investigation
Team (JIT) could provide a more streamlined way of working with less
bureaucracy. It may be seven years since we last saw Madeleine but the passing
of further weeks and months as a result of unnecessary delays and barriers are
not only frustrating, they are incredibly distressing. Each day without
Madeleine and each day of not knowing is another day too many, regardless of
how much time has already gone by.
May is an important month for all missing children and their
families worldwide with May 25th being International Missing Children’s Day.
This May is particularly special in the UK as a new enhanced Child Rescue Alert
(CRA) system (to help find abducted and missing children in serious danger) is
to be launched by the charity Missing People and the National Crime Agency.
This system (based on the highly effective ‘Amber Alert’ in the USA) I believe,
will help to save the lives of abducted children and ease the suffering faced
by their families. It’s a very exciting step forward.
Throughout the whole month, the charity Missing People are running
a ‘Forget-Me-Not’ campaign with several different ways for the public to get
involved to help find missing children. One really important and simple way you
can get on board is by signing up to the Child Rescue Alert. By registering,
you will receive an alert with relevant information, by text or email, when a
child is abducted in your area. This way you can join the search immediately
and play a vital role in helping to find a child in danger. Please take a
minute to visit www.childrescuealert.org.uk and sign up today. There are
several other ways to help too – Take a look on www.missingpeople.org.uk.
It goes without saying, but needs to be said….We are grateful
beyond words for the continued and unwavering commitment, help and love from
all our faithful supporters. Thank you SO much for keeping Madeleine in your
Have you seen these
men? Do you know who they might be?
These two pictures show a man carrying a child away from the
family's apartment. This sighting was seen by a witness at 21:15 on the evening
of Thursday, May 3rd, 2007.
Based or more recent information, the Metropolitan Police now
believe this man may represent a guest at the Ocean Club who was carrying his
daughter back to their apartment. However as it is not possible to be certain
that these two men are actually the same person, if you have seen this man in
the pictures or suspect who it may be, please contact the Metropolitan Police's
OPERATION GRANGE on 0207 321 9251 (0044 207 321 9251 from outside the UK) or
Operation.Grange@met.pnn.police.uk and/or the Find Madeleine team on +44 845
838 4699 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The picture shows a man that was seen several times by different
witnesses during the days leading up to Madeleine's abduction on May 3rd 2007.
He was described as ugly with pock-marked skin and was said to be watching the
family's apartment intently.
If either of these men appear familiar to you in some way, please
contact our investigation team as soon as possible
Day 2444: 10 January 2014 Friday, Madeleine
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Fortunately, there are many cases of abducted children being found
and returned to their families - even after long periods of time. The vital
piece of information that leads to a happy and longed-for reunion is usually
thanks to a caring and vigilant member of the general public, often recognising
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