Kate and Gerry McCann say Scotland Yard’s ongoing review of the case has given them hope and they have ‘no doubt’ the Portugese police will re-open the case.
Madeleine was just three years old when she disappeared on May 3, 2007 – five years ago tomorrow.
Her dad Gerry has a large number of relatives throughout County Donegal – Maddie was with the rest of the family on a trip here just three weeks before she was snatched from a holiday flat.
She is pictured above, second from left, during her Donegal holiday.
Police in Portugal said last week that they had found “no new element” to justify re-launching their inquiry into how the little girl vanished on a family holiday to the Algarve.
But the McCanns added their voices to calls from Scotland Yard for the case to be reopened.
Gerry McCann, 43, said today: “I think the most important thing is that a lot of the investigation opportunities are in Portugal. I think it’s fairly clear that the case will have to be reopened for those to be pursued adequately.”
He added: “We weren’t expecting a knee-jerk reaction by any means. This is an ongoing dialogue, and I am sure the investigation will get opened again in due course. I have no doubt about that. It will get reopened.”
Kate said today: “It’s certainly the best way that we’re going to find Madeleine, and who took her. If people want to find Madeleine, and want to find the person who took her, then we need the case to be reopened.”