Madeline McCann’s mum believes she is still alive nine years after her disappearance.

At a recent campaign launch, Kate McCann has expressed she has never lost faith in her daughter and believes she is still alive.  She also shared that she believes her daughter, who would be turning 13 in May, was not taken far from the Praia da Luz holiday apartment when she was snatched on 3 May 2007.

The launch she was attending was for a new campaign Child Rescue,  Where she urged a million people in the UK to register for free alerts when a child goes missing.  The Royal Mail-funded scheme sends appeals direct to phones, computers and tablets with relevant information to assist the community in finding a missing child.

“That’s where she last was and I don’t think she’s been taken a million miles from there.”  Kate said, “I’ve always said Praia da Luz is the place where I feel closest to her.”

The mother also believes if the alerts had been around in 2007, Madeleine may have been found within hours of her being snatched from the bedroom she was sharing with her brother and sister.

“It’s nearly nine years and that’s so ridiculous and so unbelievable.  You think ‘gosh that could have been hours, or a day’.  If enough people had been mobilised and galvanised early then who knows what the outcome would have been,” Kate added.

Kate explained the urge to look for Madeline has not changed for her and husband Gerry.

“You hear all the time about people who have been missing for years being found.  We will never give up. You couldn’t settle if you thought about giving up,” Kate added resolutely.

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  • I really hope Maddie is still alive and will be reunited with her family.


  • Hope that something comes out and Maddie is found – of course she may not even remember her real parents any more after all this time.


  • This is a great idea we should have it here in Australia too


  • This would be most unbearable for such a lovely mum!


  • Hope that they find her soon. This poor family and their little girl have been though so much.


  • I believe she is too, how incredibly broken that poor love must be breaks my heart x


  • That poor family. I hope they get answers soon


  • I hope she is right & that one day Maddy is returned to her loving family. There can be nothing worse than losing a child regardless of the circumstances, I don’t believe you ever recover from something like that.


  • I can’t imagine how hard it must be not knowing what has happened after all these years.


  • This is such a sad story. I really hope she’s still alive and that one day she will be reunited with her family.


  • If she is alive, she may not have access to any media at all.
    Sadly she may not even be able to see the outside world.


  • Though surely she’d be getting old enough now to start to wonder about all these photos that resemble herself?

    • maybe not if she has never seen herself as a baby.


  • Every family’s nightmare is being lived all over the world from the animals who take children away from their loved ones. I too hope we will see her back with her parents.


  • this is such a sorry tale, I wish that there were some clues, some sort of concrete evidence that the family could have to give them more leads :( I too hope that one day she is found and reunited with her family


  • I really feel for this family – it must be terrible not knowing – I would want to believe she was still alive too. It would be true;y wonderful of she were, and she were rescued soon.


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