Madeleine McCanns parents desperately await a breakthrough in new statement

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    Madeleine McCann's parents have said they are desperately "awaiting a breakthrough" in a new statement marking 16 years since she disappeared.

    Kate and Gerry McCann said that Madeleine, who vanished on May 3, 2007, is "still very much missed" as they hold out hope of seeing her again.

    In a post on the 'Official Find Madeleine Campaign' Facebook page, the couple wrote: “Still missing …. still very much missed.

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    "It is hard to find the words to convey how we feel.

    "The police investigating continues, and we await a breakthrough. Thank you to everyone for your support – it really helps."

    The couple also posted a poem by Clare Polland in the upload, titled ‘The Contradiction’, saying it “resonates strongly with us”.

    Madeleine, who was three when she vanished during a family holiday to Praia da Luz in Portugal, would be nearly 20 if she is still alive.

    Kate and Gerry are expected to host a prayer gathering in their home village of Rothley, Leicestershire, tonight (Wednesday, May 3) to remember their missing daughter.

    The couple have always held out hope that Madeleine would be found alive and well.

    Her great uncle Brian Kennedy said ahead of tonight's event: “Kate and Gerry always feel heartened by the attendance of well wishers.

    "It is much appreciated that people still want to show such support.”

    German paedophile Christian Brueckner, who lived close to Praia da Luz when Madeleine disappeared, has been named as the prime suspect.

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    But the 45-year-old, who is serving a jail term in his home country for raping a pensioner in Praia da Luz, denies any involvement.

    Earlier this year a Polish woman named Julia Wendall claimed that she could be Madeleine McCann.

    But DNA results proved she is not the missing Brit and led to her been branded 'fake Madeleine'


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