Parents of Madeleine McCann speak out on the anniversary of the disappearance

Archive photo dated 30/4/2107 by Madeleine McCann's parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, who have said they welcome the news that the Portuguese authorities have declared a German man as a formal suspect in her disappearance.  It comes a day after convicted sex offender Christian Brueckner, 44, was declared an official suspect by Portuguese authorities.  Date of issue: Friday, April 22, 2022. PA Photo.  See PA History POLICE Portugal.  Image credit should read: Joe Giddens / PA Wire

Madeleine McCann’s parents, Kate and Gerry McCannhas shared an update online (Image: PA)

Madeleine McCann’s parents have said that she ‘will always be our daughter’ in a gripping new message.

Kate and Gerry McCann have promised to find an end to what happened to the toddler on May 3, 2007.

Nearly 15 years after her disappearance, they say it is ‘important’ to find the truth.

In a message on the Facebook page for the Find Madeleine campaign, Kate and Gerry McCann wrote: ‘This year it’s been 15 years since we last saw Madeleine.

‘It does not feel harder than anything else, but neither does it feel easier.

‘It’s a very long time.

‘Many talk about the need for’ closure ‘. It has always been a strange expression.

“Whatever the outcome, Madeleine will always be our daughter, and a truly heinous crime has been committed. These things will remain.

“It is true that uncertainty creates weakness; knowledge and certainty give strength, and therefore our need for answers, for the truth, is essential.”

Archive photo dated 02/05/17 of Ocean Club, located next to Apartment 5A in Praia Da Luz in Portugal, where Madeline McCann disappeared.  A German prisoner has been identified as suspected of Madeleine's disappearance, detectives have revealed.  The Metropolitan Police have not named the man, 43, who is described as white with short blond hair, possibly light, and about 6 feet tall with a slender build.  PA photo.  Date of issue: Thursday 4 June 2020. See PA story POLICE Portugal.  Image credit should read: Steve Parsons / PA Wire

Madeline disappeared from the resort of Praia Da Luz in Portugal on May 3, 2007 (Photo: PA)

Parents of missing girl Madeleine McCann, Kate (L) and Gerry McCann (H) pose with an artist's impression of what their daughter might look like now at the age of nine ahead of a press conference in central London on 2 May 2012 five years after.  Madeleine's disappearance while on a family holiday in Portugal.  When she was three years old, the artist's impressions depict what Madeleine now looks like, based on family photos of her along with childhood photos of her parents.  AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit must be read LEON NEAL / AFP / GettyImages)

Kate and Gerry McCann have spent years finding answers (Photo: AFP)

The couple thanked the authorities in the UK, Portugal and Germany and said a combined effort would ‘yield results’.

Kate and Gerry added: ‘As always, we would like to thank all our supporters for their continued good wishes and support.

‘It’s a huge consolation to know that no matter how long it takes, Madeleine is still in people’s hearts and minds.’

In July 2013, Scotland Yard launched its own investigation, Operation Grange, into Madeleine’s disappearance.

A dedicated team is still working closely with the Portuguese Policia Judiciaria and the German Federal Bureau of Investigation to find answers to Madeleine’s disappearance.

Her case remains a missing person’s investigation, Met has confirmed.

Undated handout photo of Madeleine McCann, whose parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, have said they welcome the news that Portuguese authorities have declared a German man formally suspected of her disappearance.  It comes a day after convicted sex offender Christian Brueckner, 44, was declared an official suspect by Portuguese authorities.  Date of issue: Friday, April 22, 2022. PA Photo.  See PA History POLICE Portugal.  Image credit must be read: PA Wire

Tomorrow it’s 15 years since Madeleine disappeared from Praia Da Luz (Photo: PA)

Last month, convicted sex offender Christian Brueckner was declared an official suspect by Portuguese authorities, which was welcomed by the couple.

The 44-year-old has reportedly denied any involvement in the case and has not been charged.

Today, Sky News reported that he was ‘many miles’ from the scene of Madeleine’s abduction.

He claims he drove a woman to an airport in Faro, Portugal on May 3, 2007.

The couple was stopped and photographed at a police roadblock, Brueckner said.

Rex Features Ltd.  does not claim any copyright or license to the attached image Mandatory Credit: Photo by REX / Shutterstock (10669866a) Christian Brueckner, 43, a German convicted pedophile who has been named as the man suspected of abducting and murdering Madeleine McCann.  He is currently said to be serving a prison sentence for raping a 72-year-old American woman in September 2005 at Praia da Luz in Portugal, where Madeleine disappeared when she was three years old.  Brueckner, who has also been convicted of sexually abusing children, is suspected of taking Madeleine from the family's holiday apartment in Praia da Luz on the night of May 3, 2007. German police have confirmed that a man serving seven years in prison in Germany, a convicted child sex offender, is the new main suspect in Madeleine's abduction and possible killings.  New suspect in the Madeleine McCann case - June 4, 2020

Christian Brueckner is currently serving a prison sentence for rape (Image: REX / Shutterstock)

German prosecutor Hans Christian Wolters, who is leading the Madeleine investigation with Portuguese and British detectives, told Sky News: ‘I assume that if he has something that exempts him, he will sooner or later share it with us, and then we’ll check it out. What happens next, let’s see.

“So far he has not told us anything, he has not given us any alibi. So we can only work on the evidence we have found so far in our investigation. And there was nothing to acquit him. ‘

In addition to kidnapping Madeleine, Brueckner is also suspected of raping an Irish tour representative in 2004 and exposing himself to young people on a playground in the Algarve.

He is currently serving a seven-year sentence in a German prison for raping a 72-year-old woman.

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