10 years later, UK police still pursuing missing girl case

The parents of Madeleine McCann have vowed to never give up on their search for their missing child and said the looming 10th anniversary of her disappearance would be "a disgusting marker of stolen time".

Three-year-old Madeleine disappeared from the family's holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in Portugal on May 3, 2007.

"We could spend all our time and energy trying to defend ourselves by correcting inaccuracies and lies, but then we would have no strength left to look for Madeleine, look after our other children and to live our life", she wrote.

The subsequent investigation examined 600 individuals and threw up new leads, prompting Portuguese prosecutors to order the case re-opened in 2013.

Kate McCann has posted an emotional message nearly ten years to the day of her daughter Madeleine's disappearance.

Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley has also ruled out their potential involvement in the disappearance of their daughter.

Asked if police were any closer to solving the case than they were six years ago when the United Kingdom investigation was launched, Mr Rowley said: "I know we have a significant line of inquiry which is worth pursuing but until we've gone through it I won't know whether we are going to get there or not".

He then revealed that they would not be releasing all the information they now have as that might hinder the investigation: "Ourselves and the Portuguese are doing a critical piece of work and we don't want to spoil it by putting tit bits of information out publicly".

One is Jose Carlos da Silva, 35, a former driver at the Ocean Club complex in Praia da Luz, where Madeleine vanished on 3 May, 2007.

"I know we have a significant line of inquiry which is worth pursuing", he said.

He described the possibility of a "burglary gone wrong" as a "sensible hypothesis" which has not been "entirely ruled out".

The McCanns and friends who were with them on the night Madeleine went missing later won large payouts from newspapers over stories that they were involved.

"Ten years - there's no easy way to say it, describe it, accept it", she wrote.

"What I've always said on this case, and I've said it to Kate and Gerry as well, we will do everything reasonably possible to try and find an answer".

Mr Rowley said new information was still being received daily.

Meanwhile, the only four official suspects investigated by the Met Police over the abduction have been ruled out of the inquiry.

She adds "media appearances are draining and on occasion, unhelpful to the only thing we want, finding Madeleine".

Rowley admitted: 'We don't have evidence telling us if Madeleine is alive or dead.

"The two themes that seem most appropriate to me as we reach this 10 year mark are perseverance and gratitude: We will go on, try our hardest, never give up and make the best of the life we have", the parents said.

Madeleine's disappearance sparked one of the most high-profile police investigations of recent times.

In March, the Home Office confirmed £85,000 was being given to the inquiry to fund the next six months.

"I'd love to guarantee that we will get to an answer, sadly investigations can never be 100% successful - but it's our job to do everything we can do reasonably to find an answer as to what happened to Madeleine. We've sifted out numerous potential suspects, numerous people of interest and where we are today is with a much smaller team focused on a small number of remaining critical lines of inquiry that we think are significant".

  • Leroy Wright