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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