Madeleine McCann’s Parents Release Statement To Mark 15 Years Since Disappearance

Madeleine McCann's parents.
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Madeleine McCann’s parents have released a statement to mark 15 years since their daughter disappeared in Portugal in 2007.

Kate and Gerry McCann said they still have a ‘need for answers’ and thanked the nation for keeping her in their ‘hearts and minds’.

It read: “This year we mark fifteen years since we last saw Madeleine. It feels no harder than any other but no easier either. It’s a very long time.

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“Many people talk about the need for ‘closure’. It’s always felt [like] a strange term. Regardless of the 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.”

The statement continues: “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.

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“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 statement comes after a ‘formal suspect,’ named Christian Brueckner, has been named in the investigation. The German national is reportedly in prison for other sexual offences in the country and has claimed there’s ‘not even one proof’ he was involved in McCann’s disappearance.

According to the Daily Mail, he wrote a letter that said: “I’m the most-known bad person in the world and I did nothing – well almost nothing.

“Perhaps I was a suspect, after all, they found out about me. Drug dealer, breaking into houses, living in cars and there was something with kids when I was 17.

“But they had not even one proof that I was involved with the McCann case. And they still don’t have it.”

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Written by Aimee Walker

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