Parents of missing UK girl still hopeful she's 'out there'

The latest development comes as Madeleine's parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, vowed to do "whatever it takes for as long as it takes" to find out what happened to their daughter.

As they prepare to mark the 10th anniversary of her disappearance Kate and Gerry McCann said they were excited by the "real progress" that they believe has been made by a Scotland Yard investigation into the whereabouts of their missing eldest child.

Kate, 48, and Gerry McCann, 49 gave an interview to BBC news presenter Fiona Bruce over the weekend to mark a decade since Madeleine vanished from their holiday apartment as they dined with friends nearby.

Kate and Gerry McCann, whose daughter Madeleine disappeared from a holiday flat in Portugal ten-years ago, react during a BBC TV interview in Loughborough, England, Friday April 28, 2017.

The Sun reports that the woman was allegedly spotted close to the spot where the three-year-old went missing in the Algarve resort of Praia da Luz on May 3, 2007.

Asked how he and his wife were coping, Mr McCann said: "I think we're doing a new normality really, particularly over probably the last - and it seems like a long time saying it - but over the last five years".

The couple also commented on the impact of social media criticism of them, urging people to think twice before posting hurtful comments.

"And essentially you've got a British subject who was the subject of a crime and there were other crimes that came to light following Madeleine's abduction, that involved British tourists, so I think prosecuting it to a reasonable end is what you would expect".

Mr McCann said they would take the case to Europe because "the last judgment is terrible", adding: "We've got to challenge it, and we will do".

Sources revealed that police are ready to question the woman, not now living in Portugal, about her whereabouts when Madeleine went missing.

Asked how the McCann "family unit" had managed to stay strong during the hunt for Madeleine, her mother said: "What people do say is that you don't realise how strong you are until you have no option". Gerry told her: "Before Madeleine was taken we felt we'd managed to achieve a ideal nuclear family of five".

He wrote a book in which he claimed Madeleine died accidentally in the apartment and they disposed of her body.

She is a real presence in all of their lives and it is absolutely right that she mustn't be forgotten, but finding out must have caused the twins a great deal of upset and disquiet.

They couple said they have tried to keep a "very normal, happy and fulfilling life" for twins Sean and Amelie, now 12, and have never blamed each other over Maddie.

"Most days are similar to the rest - another day".

Describing the decade as "a frightful marker of time, stolen time", Kate McCann said it was "time we should have had with Madeleine".

  • Leroy Wright