Kate MCann lit a candle for her missing daughter in
Praia da Luz church
Afterwards she appeared visibly upset and was
comforted by her mother
It is just over six years since the then
three-year-old Maddie disappeared
Family say discovery of three kidnapped women in
Cleveland has given them renewed hope
Kate McCann returned to the Portuguese resort where her daughter
Maddie disappeared six years ago and revealed renewed
hopes of finding the missing girl.
Mrs McCann, accompanied by her mother Susan Healy, lit a candle for
Maddie in the little church in Praia da Luz, Algarve
where she prayed for her daughter's safe return before
being comforted by locals.
Mrs McCann and her husband Gerry said the discovery of three women
who went missing separately 10 years ago in the US has
given them fresh hopes that their daughter will be
Hopes: Kate McCann,
accompanied by her mother Susan Healy,
pictured in the Portuguese resort of Praia
da Luz, where her daughter Madeline
disappeared six years ago
A visibly shaken Kate McCann
visits the little church in Praia da Luz,
Algarve six years after her daughter
Madeleine, then aged nearly four, vanished from her
familyís holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in Portugalís
Algarve on May 3 2007, as her parents dined with friends
Today, the McCanns said the rescue of the women in Ohio
'reaffirmed' their hope of finding their daughter.
Madeleine McCann pictured on
the day she went missing from the apartment
in Praia da Luz six years ago
'The discovery of these young women reaffirms our hope of finding
Madeleine, which has never diminished,' they said in a
'Their recovery is also further evidence that children are
sometimes abducted and kept for long periods.
'So we ask the public to remain vigilant in the ongoing search for
'Our thoughts are with the women in America and their families.'
Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight, who all went
missing in separate incidents a decade ago, were found
alive and well in a house in Cleveland, Ohio, after
allegedly being held prisoner by three brothers.
Ms Berry disappeared aged 16 on April 21, 2003 on her way home from
work at a burger restaurant. Ms DeJesus went missing
aged 14 on her way home from school about a year later.
Ms Knight went missing in 2002 and is 32 now.
They were rescued from the house, just a few miles from where they
vanished, along with a six-year-old girl apparently born
to one of them while in captivity, after Ms Berry was
freed by neighbours who heard her screaming.
She made a frantic telephone call to emergency services and told
them she had been abducted.
Neighbours said they previously had no idea the women were in the
house and were first alerted when they heard someone
kicking at a door, yelling for help and trying
desperately to get outside the house.
Kate McCann decided to return to Praia da
Luz on the sixth anniversary of Madeleine's
disappearance to pray for her safe return
week, Kate and Gerry McCann marked the sixth anniversary
of their daughterís disappearance.
McCann is currently visiting Portugal, and is expected
to return home to the UK shortly.
week she and her husband said their family, including
twins Sean and Amelie, now eight, had found a 'new
normality' since Madeleineís disappearance.
also said they remained as hopeful as ever - if not more
so - as a case review by the Metropolitan Police was
The McCann family say the
discovery of three Cleveland women (L-R)
Gina DeJesus, Amanda Berry and Michelle
Knight, who went missing 10 years ago has
given them fresh hopes that their daughter
will be found