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Madeleine McCann’s parents respond to reports of a missing daughter suspect

The parents of the British toddler Madeleine McCann welcomed the development in the case of their missing daughter after the Portuguese authorities identified the suspect in connection with the disappearance of the child in 2007.

Key points:

  • Kate and Gerry McCann said in a statement on their official website that the appointment of a suspect in the case reflected the progress of the investigation.
  • The parents of the missing child claim that “they did not give up hope that Madeleine is still alive”
  • Authorities say the portrayal of the man as a suspect in the case by the Portuguese police is a legal formality as the investigation continues

Kate and Gerry McCann said in a joint statement on their official website that they were informed of the latest developments by the British metropolitan police:

“We welcome the news that the Portuguese authorities have declared the Germans an ‘arguida’ in connection with the disappearance of our beloved daughter Madeleine,” they wrote.

“This reflects the progress of the investigations carried out by the Portuguese, German and British authorities.”

McCann’s emphasized that the police investigation was still ongoing and that, after all these years, they still hoped that they could meet their daughter again.

“It is important to note that ‘arguido’ has not yet been charged with any specific crime related to Madeleine’s disappearance,” they wrote on their website.

“While the possibility may be slim, we haven’t given up hope that Madeleine is still alive and we’ll meet her again.”

Madeleine McCann disappeared from her bedroom on May 3, 2007 during a family vacation in Portugal. 04.30 Getty Images: Jeff J. Mitchell

The plaintiffs in Faro, the capital of the Algarve, did not name the man publicly, but said in a statement that the German authorities had identified him as a suspect at their request.

They declined to give a reason, but the prosecutor’s website says people are declared “arguidos” [a named suspect] if there is a “reasonable suspicion that they have committed or participated in a criminal offense”.

The suspect was not charged with any disappearance-related crime and the man denied any involvement.

This update is most significant over a long period of time.

Madeleine disappeared from her bedroom on May 3, 2007, during a family vacation in the Algarve resort of Praia da Luz, while her parents were dining with friends nearby. The parents of the three-year-old child were named suspects in 2007, but were later cleared.

The disappearance of Madeleine – or “Maddy” as it is known in Britain – has provoked a massive search and international media frenzy.

There was never a trace of her.

Next month, it will be 15 years since Madeleine disappeared.

ABC

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