‘A horrible marker of time’ – Madeleine McCann’s mother on life 10 years on 

Three-year-old Madeleine vanished from the family’s holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in Portugal on May 3, 2007.

 

Madeleine McCann’s mother has described the 10th anniversary of her daughter’s disappearance as a “horrible marker of time, stolen time”.

In a message on the Official Find Madeleine Campaign Facebook page, Kate McCann added: “We are bracing ourselves for the next couple of weeks.

“It’s likely to be stressful and painful and more so given the rehashing of old ‘stories’, misinformation, half-truths and downright lies which will be doing the rounds in the newspapers, social media and ‘special edition’ TV programmes.”

Three-year-old Madeleine vanished from the family’s holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in Portugal on May 3, 2007.

Kate and her husband Gerry McCann, of Rothley, Leicestershire, have always vowed to never give up hope of finding their daughter.

In the message Mrs McCann said they “couldn’t even begin to consider anything in terms of years” when their daughter first disappeared.

She wrote: “Ten years – there’s no easy way to say it, describe it, accept it. And now here we are… Madeleine, our Madeleine – ten years. Most days are similar to the rest – another day. May 3rd 2017 – another day. But ten years – a horrible marker of time, stolen time.” However, she insisted “there will always be hope”.

Madeleine was last seen in 2007 (Family handout/PA)
Madeleine was last seen in 2007 (Family handout/PA)

 

Mrs McCann, 49, said the two themes that seem most appropriate as they reach the 10-year mark are perseverance and gratitude.

She said: “We consider ourselves immensely fortunate to have received the love, solidarity and support from so many kind and decent people over the last decade.

“There have been many challenges and low points along the way but the warmth, encouragement and positivity we have experienced from the ‘quiet majority’ has undoubtedly sustained us and maintained our faith in human goodness. And while that is there, there will always be hope.”

The post was signed by Kate and Gerry McCann (Dominic Lipinski/PA)
The post was signed by Kate and Gerry McCann (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

 

Mrs McCann described media appearances as “draining and on occasion, unhelpful to the only thing we want, finding Madeleine”.

She continued: “They need to have a purpose. We could spend all our time and energy trying to defend ourselves by correcting inaccuracies and lies, but then we would have no strength left to look for Madeleine, look after our other children and to live our life.”

Mrs McCann expressed hope that “those reporting on the ‘story’ over the next couple of weeks will have a conscience”.

The apartment block in Praia Da Luz, Portugal where Madeleine went missing (Steve Parsons/PA)
The apartment block in Praia Da Luz, Portugal where Madeleine went missing (Steve Parsons/PA)

 

She said: “Even if little consideration for Gerry and me is shown, they will at least bear in mind the effect such unfounded and unwarranted negativity could have on our other children – and of course Madeleine.”

There is an “active” police investigation to try to find Madeleine and bring her abductor to justice, her mother said.

Madeleine’s disappearance sparked one of the most high-profile police investigations of recent times.

Scotland Yard has been assisting with the inquiry since 2011. Last month the Home Office confirmed it has granted officers £85,000 to carry on with the case for a further six months. More than £11 million has been spent on the UK probe.