McCann’s mother yesterday admitted she ‘had to face up to the
fact’ that her missing daughter may never be found.
The 42-year-old spoke out as she and her husband Gerry revealed that
appeal fund will run dry by early
said: ‘When the money runs out we will not be able to pay the
investigators helping us to find Madeleine, It will be just me and Gerry
left looking for her. I just can’t contemplate that.’
She added: ‘I have to face the fact that we may never find her.’ But she
added: ‘If no one apart from us is looking, then so be it.’
Kate and Gerry McCann, pictured yesterday, have warned the
fund to find their missing daughter will run out of money
Mr McCann told the Sun: ‘No parent would ever give up on their child.
And we won’t. As a parent you can’t.’
Within weeks of Maddie being snatched from a
Praia da Luz.
Portugal, in May 2007 money from the public poured in to boost the Find
Madeleine Fund. At its height it stood at £2 million. But now there is
just £300,000 left.
Mrs McCann also accused the
of giving up the hunt for the child, who went
missing shortly before her
effort: Madeleine McCann went missing in May 2007
She said a series of ministers had shrugged off her pleas for help. ‘I
don’t want to be appeased, and that’s what I feel we’re getting. We need
action, I don’t need fluffy worthless words,’ she said.The couple have
written an open letter begging for political and financial help and
launched an online petition to lobby the British and Portuguese
governments for a formal review of the case.
shelved an 18-month investigation into the
disappearance after clearing her parents as formal suspects, and the
case has remained closed.
Mr and Mrs
McCann, of Rothley, Leicestershire, have met a series of
ministers in the hope that the case will be re-opened or a cold-case
review of the investigation launched.
Their hopes were raised when the Labour government looked at the
feasibility of an Interpol review of the disappearance.
But when they met Home Secretary
in August, they learned the
new Home Secretary had not read the report.
A Home Office spokesman said: 'The Home Secretary has met Kate and Gerry
McCann and is deeply sympathetic to their situation.
'The Government wants to ensure that everything feasible is being done
to progress the search for Madeleine.
'The British authorities will maintain a dialogue with the Portuguese
and continue to liaise with Madeleine's family on any developments.'
Madeleine vanished from her parents' rented holiday apartment just days
before her fourth birthday, while the McCanns dined with friends at a
She would now be seven, and her parents have released a series of
showing how she might look now.
Mrs McCann said Madeleine's twin brother and sister,
Sean and Amelie,
still asked for their older sister, and had now learned to write her
She said: 'We're doing OK, we make the best of it. Life is not normal, I
guess it's a new kind of normal... It doesn't mean the pain is any less.
'We can't stop, it doesn't matter how tired you are, we're on this
treadmill and we can't stop trying to find Madeleine, or at the very
least find out what's happened.