5 years after Brit girl went missing, parents are still hopeful

May 03, 2012, 07:48 IST | Agencies

The parents of missing British girl Madeleine McCann, who disappeared in Portugal five years ago, said yesterday they still believe their daughter will be found alive. Kate and Gerry McCann say Scotland Yard's ongoing review of the case has given them hope. Madeleine was just three-years-old when she disappeared on May 3, 2007

The McCanns say they have “no doubt” that the Portuguese authorities will eventually reopen the investigation into the disappearance.

Police there said last week that they had found “no new element” to justify re-launching their inquiry into how the little girl vanished on a family holiday to the Algarve.

Where are you maddy? Madeleine’s parents Gerry and Kate still believe their daughter is alive and that the person responsible will be brought to justice. File pic/getty images

But the McCanns added their voices to calls from Scotland Yard for the case to be reopened.

Gerry McCann, said, “I think the most important thing is that a lot of the investigation opportunities are in Portugal. I think it’s fairly clear that the case will have to be reopened for those to be pursued adequately.” He added, “We weren’t expecting a knee-jerk reaction by any means. This is an ongoing dialogue, and I am sure the investigation will get opened again in due course. I have no doubt about that.”

His wife added, “It’s certainly the best way that we’re going to find Madeleine, and who took her. If people want to find Madeleine, and want to find the person who took her, then we need the case to be reopened.”

Disappearance of Madeleine McCann
Madeleine McCann disappeared on the evening of Thursday, 3 May 2007. She was on holiday with her parents and twin siblings in the Algarve region of Portugal. 

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