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Madeleine McCann’s parents on ‘essential’ quest ‘for the truth’ 15 years after her disappearance

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 5/3/2022 Jami Ganz

Madeleine McCann’s parents are reflecting on the search for their missing daughter and answers 15 years after she disappeared while on vacation with her family.

Kate and Gerry McCann took to the “Official Find Madeleine Campaign” page on Facebook Monday with a crushing message to the more than 500,000 supporters.

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

Kate and Gerry McCann pose for the media with a missing poster depicting an age progression computer generated image of their still missing daughter Madeleine during a news conference in London in 2012. © Sang Tan Kate and Gerry McCann pose for the media with a missing poster depicting an age progression computer generated image of their still missing daughter Madeleine during a news conference in London in 2012.

Kate and Gerry McCann pose for the media with a missing poster depicting an age progression computer generated image of their still missing daughter Madeleine during a news conference in London in 2012. (Sang Tan/)

“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,” the McCanns continued.

“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.”

Kate and Gerry McCann, whose daughter Madeleine disappeared from a holiday flat in Portuga, react during a BBC TV interview in 2017. © Provided by New York Daily News Kate and Gerry McCann, whose daughter Madeleine disappeared from a holiday flat in Portuga, react during a BBC TV interview in 2017.

Kate and Gerry McCann, whose daughter Madeleine disappeared from a holiday flat in Portuga, react during a BBC TV interview in 2017. (Joe Giddens/)

The McCanns thanked authorities in the U.K., Portugal and Germany for the ongoing investigation into Madeleine’s disappearance, as well as 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,” they wrote.

The British tot was just 3 years old when she vanished from a resort while on vacation in Portugal’s Algarve region with her parents and younger twin siblings on May 3, 2007.

Also this week, Christian Brueckner, the 45-year-old German national who has been identified in the primary suspect in the case, claimed that he couldn’t have snatched the little girl because he was miles away at the time, having sex in a camper van.

Given privacy constraints in German law, authorities in Algarve’s Faro did not name the suspect when they announced late last month that one had been formally identified.

First identified as the suspect by German authorities in 2020, Brueckner is currently serving time for drug offenses. He also raped a 72-year-old American in Portugal just two years prior to Madeleine’s abduction, for which he has a pending seven-year sentence.

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