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
You can access our online store via direct link at:
http://shop.findmadeleine.com or below.
Welcome to the Find Madeleine Online Store
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
a face from a poster.
Day 2421: 18 December
2013 Wednesday, Madeleine Beth McCann
Entry page and update
This year seems to have passed particularly quickly - a sign
undoubtedly of a very busy year. It would still be a comfort if we could slow
time just a little. Thankfully however there have been some very positive
aspects with regards to Madeleine. The Metropolitan police review becoming an
investigation and more recently, the reopening of the case in Portugal. We
are incredibly relieved and buoyed by these developments and continue to hope
for further collaboration in the near future with the possibility of a JIT
(joint investigation team) between Portugal
and the UK
to enhance the search for our dear daughter.
Once again we would like to thank all our supporters for their
commitment to Madeleine and their ongoing support of our efforts. Please spare
a thought and prayer for all families similar to ours who will be unable to
share this Christmas with a special loved one.
We wish you a wonderful Christmas and a happy and peaceful 2014.
Day 2366: 24 October
2013 Thursday, Madeleine Beth McCann
Updates Thursday, 24 October 2013
We are very pleased that the investigation to find our missing
daughter Madeleine has officially been reopened in Portugal. We hope that this will
finally lead to her being found and the discovery of who is responsible for
We once again urge any member of the public who may have
information relating to Madeleine's abduction to contact the police in Portugal or the UK.
Please be patient and respect the work of the police as they
endeavour to find the answers we so desperately need. In particular, we request
that the media consider carefully Madeleine’s safety and the integrity of the
investigation in their reporting.
Thank you for your understanding and support.
Gerry and Kate
Kate will not be giving any comments regarding the progress of the
investigation unless there is a significant breakthrough.
Day 2192:02 May 2013 Thursday,
Madeleine Beth McCann
Updates Thursday, 2
SIX YEARS. I don't think we are
the only ones who find this hard to believe.
It's difficult to know what to write as each year passes, still
without news of Madeleine. In many ways, nothing's changed. We still worry
about her, we miss her as much as we ever did, we remain as determined as ever
to find her and to know what has happened.
The one thing that has progressed significantly over the last year
is the work of the Metropolitan Police. We remain greatly encouraged by their
work and the many things they have managed to uncover so far. Their commitment
and increasing determination parallels our own and brings us great comfort and
reassurance. We continue to hope and pray that the Met working with the
Portuguese Authorities will lead to a significant breakthrough. We need to find
Madeleine and bring some peace to our family.
In the early days, Gerry remarked that we weren't sure whether this
journey would be a sprint or a marathon. It's been much, much more than a
marathon (I'm qualified to say that now!) We really appreciate how lucky we
have been to be surrounded by such fabulous support for so long. Thank you to
all our supporters for being there alongside us and for never forgetting about
Madeleine. We're here for the long haul, for as long as it takes. Thank you for
being there too.
And finally, a special 'thank you' to everybody who sponsored me to
run the London
marathon recently. Your kind donations, which have now amounted to more than
£21,000 (fantastic!) will allow the charity, Missing People, to continue the
search for many missing children and vulnerable adults, as well as provide
essential support for their families. Your compassion and generosity will help
to ease the suffering of many people. Thank you.
Day 2059: 21 December
2012 Friday, Madeleine Beth McCann
UPDATE: DECEMBER 2012
As we approach the end of another year, we’d like to thank everyone
again for their amazing support.
It is both heart-warming and reassuring to know that after all this
time Madeleine still remains in so many people’s hearts and minds.
This solidarity and commitment gives us great hope. Thank you.
The Metropolitan Police Review of all the material in the inquiry
has been underway for over eighteen months.
We have been really impressed and greatly encouraged by the work
which has been done and its findings to date which are revealing there are
definitely many stones yet to turn. We continue to wait and hope that the
Portuguese authorities will agree to reopen the case so that the many lines of
enquiry can be investigated. As Madeleine’s parents, we won’t be able to rest
until we know that all that can be feasibly done to find her, and the person
who took her, has been done.
In the meantime, we will continue to do all that we can to aid the
search for our daughter and assist the Review process.
This year, Madeleine’s Fund has paid for:
1. A 24 hour, 7 day a week telephone line to receive and capture
information from around the world which may assist the investigation
2. A small investigation team, including a Portuguese speaker to
help with the above and with campaign activities.
Since March 2012 independent ‘physical’ investigation of lines of
enquiry by our team has been put on hold whilst the Metropolitan Police Service
(MPS) Review progresses. This has been to avoid duplication (and thereby
unnecessary expenditure) and to prevent the risk of compromising any work,
albeit unintentionally, carried out by the MPS. The private investigation team
employed by the Fund continue to cooperate and work with the Metropolitan Police
as and when necessary.
3. Part-time administrative support to aid the investigation and
campaign to find Madeleine (campaign coordinator and media liaison)
4. The awareness-raising campaign to ensure that Madeleine is not
forgotten and to encourage the general public to remain vigilant. This has
included the running of the Find Madeleine website.
5. Assistance from a specialist Portuguese communications agency to
ensure that our message is communicated as widely and accurately as possible in
Portugal, where support and help to find Madeleine is especially needed.
We are very aware that without public help it will be virtually
impossible to find Madeleine. It would have been incredibly difficult for us to
have maintained a search for her this long without such support, including
donations to the Fund. Due to the sales of my book, ‘Madeleine’, the financial
position of the Fund has significantly improved from a year and a half ago so
we would like to reiterate our gratitude to everybody who bought the book. This
has helped the search in more ways than one. Whilst fund expenditure has
decreased over the past six months (due to a reduction in investigation
spending as outlined in point 2) the Directors feel it is important that the
fund maintains reasonable reserves so that the search for Madeleine can be
resumed quickly should the MPS review not lead to a reopening of the case in
Portugal. We desperately hope of course that the official investigation to find
Madeleine will be reopened – and soon – as we still believe this is probably
our best chance of finding our little girl.
Despite becoming stronger in ourselves and being able to create as
special a Christmas as possible for our children, this time of year will never
be as it should without Madeleine. Whilst Gerry and I think it constantly, Sean
and Amelie now vocalise it, especially when doing something really nice like
putting up the decorations….”If only Madeleine was here too…”
If you know what has happened
to Madeleine, or where she might be now, please, please do the right
thing: Find the compassion and courage and let us know. Thank you.
This past weekend we sat and opened the many, many Christmas cards
which have been sent to us, at what is now our sixth Christmas without
Madeleine. The majority were from people we have never met. It was once again a
very humbling yet totally uplifting experience. We are deeply touched by the
thoughtfulness and compassion which we continue to experience and for the love
and hope which shine through for Madeleine. Thank you so much. It means such a
lot - and helps us immensely.
MERRY CHRISTMAS to all of our supporters. We wish you a festive
period full of laughter, warmth and friendship – and hope for a special 2013.
Day 2037: 29 November 2012 Thursday, Madeleine
Updates 29 November,
I welcome Lord Leveson's report today and hope it will mark the
start of a new era for our press in which it treats those in the news
responsibly, with care and consideration.
Needless to say, more time
will be needed to read, digest and understand all the implications of the
report but my initial impressions are positive (assuming implementation).
Some important points are worth labouring, especially when there is
an element of scaremongering (intentional or otherwise) through the use of
We, and the other core participant victims, are all totally in
favour of freedom of speech. Nobody is advocating a loss of this basic human
right. But freedom of speech does not
equate to freedom to slander.
None of us want, or is requesting, a government-controlled press.
We want a free press but one which is
responsible, accountable and independently regulated. This is not a big
ask. The press can do a lot of good -we’ve experienced this. But it can also
destroy lives -and we’ve had a more than a fair share of that too. Any
professional organisation or industry which has the potential to do harm should
be accountable for its actions. Why should the media be exempt from this?
Ensuring responsible journalism and accountability is paramount.
It is important to keep in mind what the Leveson Inquiry is about.
We gave evidence to the inquiry last year because we don’t want anyone else to suffer as we, our family and the search
for our missing daughter did at the hands of our press. It is this need to prevent
such harm to others in the future that has driven the core participant victims
to assist the inquiry. We need a system such as that recommended by Lord
Leveson to have any hope of achieving this.
underpinning is not statutory regulation and implementation of such is quite
some way from ‘crossing the Rubicon’.
I hope the Prime Minister, like the other party leaders, will
embrace Lord Leveson’s report and act swiftly to ensure activation of his
recommendations within an acceptable and clearly defined time-scale.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Lord Leveson and the
legal team for their colossal efforts throughout the inquiry to date. I truly
hope it will lead to an historic and more importantly, crucial achievement for
all in our society.
Day 1967: 20 September
2012 Thursday, Madeleine Beth McCann
20 September, 2012
Thank you to everybody who has supported our summer campaign again.
By displaying the new poster, car sticker or luggage tag of Madeleine,
awareness of her plight is maintained, as is our appeal to the general public
to keep looking for her.
We are constantly thinking of new ways to improve our search for
Madeleine: we don’t know what it will be, or what it will take to bring us that
vital call. It may even turn out to be a simple case of ‘the right place at the
right time’ which is why we need to persevere in our efforts and to keep
The Metropolitan Police are continuing with the investigative
review and we are really encouraged by their work. We continue to hope that the
case will be re-opened in Portugal
in the near future so that the investigation to find our daughter can be
The nationwide campaign that I’ve been involved in, as part of my
ambassadorial role for the charity ‘Missing People’, is now in its tenth week.
This campaign has been possible thanks to the generous help of the Outdoor
Media Centre and its members in partnership with the team at Missing People.
Images of missing children and adults have been displayed on huge billboards in
many cities throughout the UK,
appealing to the general public for help. Already many vulnerable have been
found since the campaign started which is obviously fantastic news. Thank you
to everyone who has supported this initiative and responded to these appeals.
Your help is invaluable. (More updates in due course)
We continue to feel humbled but at the same time buoyed by the
amount of support we still receive from so many people. It helps us enormously
and undoubtedly helps our search for Madeleine too. Thank you.
Day 1872: 17 June 2012 Sunday. Madeleine
Find Madeleine Team
Investigations Line +44 845 838 4699
Since the Metropolitan Police began their review of Madeleine’s
case in May 2011, thankfully the demands on ourselves and our investigators
have reduced. However we still have (and need!) a small team of very committed
and experienced people working hard to help us find Madeleine and others
available to step in and assist should the need arise.
The 24-hour ‘hotline’ for people to call with information is still
functioning on 0845 838 4699 for people who would prefer to contact us
Along with a campaign
coordinator and translators/interpreters, the team has several individuals with
invaluable marketing, advertising and I.T. skills who help with the general
campaign to find Madeleine.
Of course probably the
biggest and most valuable resource we have in our search for Madeleine is the
eyes, ears and minds of the general public. Thank you to everyone who has, and
continues to help us with our efforts to find her. Please keep going!