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
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. Portugal
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
) 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. USA
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 hearts.
NEVER FORGOTTEN.THANK YOU.