Madeleine McCann’s parents say it’s ‘essential’ after 15 years to find out the truth

Madeleine McCann’s parents say it is “essential” that they learn the truth about what happened to their daughter before the 15th anniversary of her disappearance.

In a message on the Facebook page of the official Find Madeleine campaign on Monday, Kate and Gerry McCann wrote that although “uncertainty breeds weakness”, they need to know what happened to the toddler on May 3, 2007 at the Praia da Luz holiday apartment , Portugal, happened .

The Metropolitan Police, which continue to treat Madeleine’s disappearance as a missing persons investigation, said they were “obliged” to find out the truth 15 years later.

The McCanns’ post read: “This year we celebrate 15 years since we last saw Madeleine. It doesn’t feel heavier than any of the others, but it doesn’t feel lighter either.

“It’s a very long time. Many people speak of the need for a “closure”.

“It’s always been a strange term. Regardless of the outcome, Madeleine will always be our daughter and a truly horrible crime was committed.

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“These things will remain. It is true, however, that insecurity breeds weakness; Knowledge and certainty give strength, and that is why our need for answers, for the truth, is essential.

“We are grateful for the continued work and commitment of the UK, Portuguese and German authorities as it is these combined policing efforts that will produce results and bring us these responses.

“As always, we would like to thank all of our supporters for their continued good wishes and support.

“It’s a great comfort to know that regardless of the time, Madeleine is still in people’s hearts and minds. Thanks.”

In July 2013, Scotland Yard launched its own investigation, Operation Grange, into Madeleine’s disappearance.

Detective Chief Inspector Mark Cranwell of the Metropolitan Police, who is leading the operation, said: “Fifteen years on from Madeleine’s disappearance in Praia Da Luz, our thoughts are as always with her family.

“Officials continue to investigate the case and our dedicated team continues to work closely with law enforcement colleagues from the Portuguese Policia Judiciaria as well as the German Federal Criminal Police Office.

“At this time, the case remains a missing person investigation and everyone involved is committed to doing whatever it takes to find answers.”

It comes after convicted sex offender Christian Brueckner, 44, was named an official suspect by Portuguese authorities last month, which was welcomed by the McCanns.

Prosecutors in the Algarve city of Faro released a statement that, according to a translation, said one person was referred to as an “arguido,” a Portuguese legal term that elevates a witness to the status of a named or formal suspect.

The statement did not identify Brueckner by name, but said the person had been declared an “arguido” by German authorities at the request of Portuguese prosecutors.

Brueckner, who was identified as a murder suspect by German prosecutors in June 2020, has reportedly denied any involvement in the case and has not been charged.

Investigators believe the convicted sex offender killed Madeleine, then three, after kidnapping her from the vacation rental.

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