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Madeleine parents 'disappointed'

HOMEPAGE NEWS REPORTS INDEX FAMILY PHOTOS NEWS MAY 2007
Original Source: BBC: 24 MAY 2007
Thursday, 24 May 2007
 
The uncle of Madeleine McCann says her family is "very disappointed" that she has not been found.

But John McCann denied suggestions that the little girl's parents were frustrated with the investigation, exactly three weeks after she vanished.

Meanwhile, Kate and Gerry McCann have released the last known photograph of Madeleine, sitting by a swimming pool.

They have also met British Ambassador to Portugal John Buck, British police and consular officials.

The photograph of Madeleine was taken by her mother at the holiday complex where she disappeared in Praia da Luz, Algarve, on 3 May.

It shows the four-year-old smiling and dangling her feet in the pool alongside her father and younger brother Sean.

Back in the UK, thousands of green and yellow wristbands symbolising Madeleine's plight have gone on sale in her home county of Leicestershire.
All proceeds will go towards the fighting fund set up by her family which has so far raised ?294,758.

British police have received more than 500 photographs from people who were in the resort at the time of Madeleine's disappearance.

The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Agency (CEOP) appealed on Monday for any images which included strangers, with a view to cross-referencing them against a database of pictures of UK paedophiles and other criminals.

'Absolutely determined'

It had been reported that a source claimed Madeleine's parents were happy with the "overall thrust" of the police investigation, but "frustrated" that certain questions and concerns were not being addressed quickly enough.

Portuguese law means police cannot release details of an ongoing investigation, even to the family involved.

But John McCann said the family remained "absolutely determined to explore all ways of getting Madeleine back".

"Obviously with Madeleine still not back we are very disappointed. I wouldn't go so far as to say frustrated, but we are disappointed," he said.
"We hope the authorities are going to explore more avenues and focus the resources very much on sightings and other information."

There have been numerous reported sightings of girls matching Madeleine's description over the past three weeks, including one in Morocco.

The McCanns are now said to be preparing to travel around Europe in an effort to raise the profile of her case.

'Struck a chord'

Meanwhile, the Catholic bishop of the Algarve, Manuel Neto Quintas has offered to become a go-between with any kidnapper.

And children from Burnholme Community College in York have attached "Find Madeleine" posters to their bags as they set off for France on a school trip.

Their head teacher, Tony Gavin, said: "This story has really struck a chord with our pupils, a lot of whom have younger brothers and sisters."

Madeleine, from Rothley, Leicestershire, disappeared from her bed as her parents ate at a nearby restaurant.

Any holidaymakers in Praia da Luz at the time can send their photos to CEOP via a website - www.madeleine.ceopupload.com.

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