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MADELEINE McCann’s parents say it’s “essential” they learn the truth about their daughter on the 15th anniversary of her disappearance.

In a message on the Official Find Madeleine Campaign Facebook page on Monday, Kate and Gerry McCann revealed they need closure on what happened to the toddler in Praia da Luz, Portugal, on May 3 2007.

The Metropolitan Police, which continues to treat Madeleine’s disappearance as a missing person inquiry, said it is “committed” to finding the truth 15 years on.

The McCanns’ post read: “This year we mark 15 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.”

The McCanns recently welcomed news that caged Christian B has been made an “arguido” – an official suspect.

Read our Madeleine McCann live blog below for the latest updates…

  • What are the key dates in Madeleine’s disappearance? (3/4)

  • What are the key dates in Madeleine’s disappearance? (2/4)

    • July 4, 2013 – Two years into a review of the case, Scotland Yard launch its own investigation into Madeleine’s disappearance. They claim to have “genuinely new” lines of inquiry and identify 38 people of interest including 12 Britons.
    • October 24, 2013– Portuguese police reopen their case after new lines of inquiry are found.
    • November 27, 2013 – Met Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe called for British and Portuguese police to work together.
    • April 28, 2015 – Detective Goncalo Amaral is ordered to pay Kate and Gerry McCann £209,000 each in damages by a court in Lisbon over claims made in The Truth Of The Lie and bans further sales of the book.
    • October 28, 2015 – Scotland Yard reduces the number of officers working on Madeleine’s disappearance from 29 to four
  • What are the key dates in Madeleine’s disappearance? (1/4)

    • May 3, 2007 – Kate and Gerry McCann leave their children asleep in their holiday apartments while they eat eat a nearby Tapas restaurant. At 10pm Kate finds Madeleine missing.
    • May 14, 2007 – Property developer Robert Murat is quizzed by cops and named an “arguido” or formal suspect.
    • August 31, 2007 – The McCanns launch libel action against Tal e Qual – a newspaper that claimed the couple killed Madeleine.
    • September 7, 2007 – Kate and Gerry McCann are made “arguidos”.
    • September 9, 2007– Madeleine’s parents return to England with their two-year-old twins, Sean and Amelie.
    • October 2, 2007– Lead detective Goncalo Amaral is taken off the case after criticising British police in a newspaper interview.
    • July 21, 2009 – Portuguese police lift the “arguido” status of  both Robert Murat and the McCanns, and shelve the investigation.
    • July 24, 2009 – Detective Goncalo Amaral alleges that Madeleine died in her family’s holiday flat the day she went missing in a book called The Truth Of The Lie. In a documentary for Portuguese television he claims there was no abduction and the McCanns had hidden her body.
    • May 12, 2011 – On Madeleine’s eighth birthday, Mrs McCann publishes a book about her disappearance. Scotland Yard launches a review into the case after a request from Home Secretary Theresa May, supported by Prime Minister David Cameron.
    • April 25, 2012 – Scotland Yard officers say they believe Madeleine McCann is still alive. A new picture is released, showing what she might look like as a 9-year-old, and they call on the Portuguese authorities to reopen the case, but Portuguese police say they have found no new material.
  • 15 years since Madeleine disappeared 

    Maddie vanished in 2007 while on holiday with her family in Praia da Luz, Portugal – triggering the most high-profile missing persons case in history.

    On May 3 this year, it will be 15 years since Madeleine disappeared from her family holiday.

  • Suspect’s obsession with girls

    Christian B’s ex-girlfriend also claimed this year that he is “obsessed with little girls”.

    Nicole Fehlinger, who dated the prime suspect in the disappearance of Madeline McCann in 2007 – the year she disappeared – claims he told her he is attracted to their childlike bodies.

    Speaking to the Mail on Sunday, 44-year-old Ms Fehlinger said: “He said he liked small bodies of women and he liked the bodies of girls before they reached puberty.”

    She also insisted that she was the man’s “lover, not his accomplice”.

  • What is an ‘arguido’?

    Christian B was told he is now an ‘arguido’ in Portugal in his German prison cell according to an insider.

    An “arguido” – normally translated as “named suspect” or “formal suspect” – is someone who is treated by Portuguese police as more than a witness but has not been arrested or charged.

    Detectives invoke arguido status on someone as a preliminary to an arrest being made or charges brought, but that does not mean arrests or charges automatically follow.

  • Where are Madeleine McCann’s brother and sister now?

    Sean and Amelie live with parents Kate and Gerry at their home in the town of Loughborough in Leicestershire.

    They attend a Catholic secondary school the area, which retained a place for Madeleine to join if she is ever found.

    The twins are both aspiring athletes and have competed in triathlons and country crossing racing.

    For their own privacy and safety, the twins, now 16, are not publicly photographed as teenagers.

    Their missing sister remains a cloud over the entire McCann family.

  • Scotland Yard says it remains ‘committed to finding answers’ 15 years on

    Detective Chief Inspector Mark Cranwell from the Metropolitan Police, who leads the operation, said: “Fifteen years on from Madeleine’s disappearance in Praia Da Luz our thoughts, as always, are with her family.

    “Officers continue to investigate the case and our dedicated team are still working closely with law enforcement colleagues from the Portuguese Policia Judiciaria as well as the German Bundeskriminalamt.

    “At this time, the case remains a missing person’s inquiry and all involved are committed to doing what we can to find answers.”

  • Statement from the McCanns marking 15 years since Madeleine’s disappearance

    Kate & Gerry McCanns’ post read: “This year we mark 15 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.”

  • Recap: How the evening of Maddie’s disappearance unfolded

    Parents Gerry and Kate McCann left their three kids, including toddler twins Sean and Amelie, sleeping in their apartment while they dined at a tapas bar 120 metres away.

    When Kate returned to check on the kids at about 10pm that evening, she found Madeleine was not in her bed and was missing.

    In September of that year, Gerry and Kate, both doctors, were sensationally named as “arguidos” or “suspects” by Portuguese police.

    The following summer the McCanns were cleared by investigators in Portugal who declared they had exhausted all avenues in the case.

  • A 15-year hearing limit in Portugal

    Today marks 15 years since Madeleine disappeared from her family holiday.

    Portugal has a 15-year hearing limit on murder charges – meaning that police would have a reduced risk of convicting a suspect after next month.

    The news comes after Portuguese police said they would continue to investigate Maddie’s disappearance as the Met Police ended its probe.

  • Who are Madeleine McCann’s siblings?

    Madeleine McCann disappeared on May 3, 2007, from her bed in the family’s holiday apartment in Portugal.

    Sleeping next to her were Sean and Amelie McCann, her twin siblings.

    The twins were only two years old at the time of the disappearance and slept through the break in.

    There has been some suggestion that the pair had been sedated, although this has never been proven.

  • Who are Maddie’s parents Kate and Gerry McCann?

    Madeleine’s parents Kate and Gerry are both practising Catholics who met in Glasgow in 1993.

    Kate became a GP after studying medicine at the University of Dundee while Gerry has been a consultant cardiologist since 2005.

    The couple got married in 1998 before having their first child, Madeleine, in 2003.

    They also have twin children, a boy and a girl, who were born in 2005 and live in Rothley, Leicestershire.

    Kate and Gerry had been married for nine years when Madeleine disappeared on the night of May 3, 2007.

  • Suspect’s van forensically tested by cops

    MADELEINE McCann suspect Christian B’s van was forensically tested by cops after he was quizzed for first time about her disappearance.

    Portuguese cops are now waiting for results from the VW van that Christian B drove while living on the Algarve where the three-year-old vanished on May 3, 2007.

    The German convicted paedophile was questioned by police in Oldenburg jail after authorities named him as an official suspect on Thursday.

    According to the Mirror, police asked him: “Where were you the night Madeleine McCann disappeared?”

    Christian B was pressed to provide an alibi, adding: “If you weren’t by the apartment she ­disappeared from, where were you?”

    Insiders close to the case claim he did not answer any of the questions.

  • Inside suspect Christian B’s explosive interview

    THE parents of missing Madeleine McCann recently welcomed news that caged Christian B has been made an official suspect. Kate and Gerry also said they hoped their daughter was still alive.

    B was declared an “arguido” by police in Portugal ahead of the 15th anniversary of the three-year-old vanishing on the Algarve.

    Madeleine McCann’s parents spoke directly about the 44-year-old German for the first time, and details will be aired on May 3 — the 15th anniversary of her disappearance — in documentary Madeleine McCann: Prime Suspect, by US network AMC Crime.

    A source close to the case in Germany, where B is in prison, said: “He has had nearly two years to explain himself but has constantly declined to comment.

    “It’s baffling as to why he should maintain that silence then finally come up with an explanation now.

    “And it’s even more odd that he should give the details to a TV documentary rather than the authorities.”Hinting at possible desperation over the “arguido” move, they added: “Why didn’t he give his version of events on day one as soon as he was made a suspect?”

  • Suspect Christian B’s secret cellar

    The probe into Christian B has revealed he had access to a number of creepy lairs shut away from prying eyes.

    One was a run-down compound on the Algarve with high fences not far from where Madeleine was snatched.

    A former lover led cops to the secret bunker, which was previously guarded by four ferocious Kangal dogs – which have the strongest bite of any hound in the world.

    The probe also led police to search his former address in Germany.

    At one house, the suspect is said to have illegally dug a secret 10ft cellar under the floor.

    Locals claimed he planned to live like Austrian cellar monster Josef Fritzl, although there is no evidence of any wrongdoing at the secluded property.

  • What would Madeleine McCann look like now?

    Police released an image of what Madeleine McCann would look like at the age of nine.

    With her distinctive right eye, the image shows the young girl’s face aged about six years from previous photographs.

    In December 2021, an ex-NHS worker Simone Malik drew up a sketch of what she believes Madeleine McCann would look like at 18 years old.

    In 2018, Malik drew up a sketch of child murderer and rapist, Imran Ali, which helped Pakistani police to capture him.

    Now Malik believes that her sketch can help in the 14-year long search for McCann.

    She said: “I know as a super recogniser that is her face, that’s her nose.”

    She added: “Usually, children are like their mother or their father, or a bit of both, but neither does her mother or father have the wide nose and square tip.

    “I decided to do a bit more digging, and as I did some digging, I found a very interesting fact: somebody with exactly that nose in her family.

    “And it’s actually Philomena McCann, who is Gerry McCann’s sister, so it would be Madeleine’s aunty, from her dad’s side.”

Source: thesun

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