MADELINE McCann went missing in Portugal in 2007 and her parents Kate and Gerry McCann have not given up trying to find their daughter.
Kate and Gerry have been in the public eye ever since their first public appeal to find their child. Here is where the couple are now.
Who are Kate and Gerry McCann?
The parents of Madeline McCann, Kate and Gerry McCann, are Catholic doctors who met in 1993 in Glasgow.
Kate is a General Practitioner, who received her degree in medicine at the University of Dundee.
Gerry is a cardiologist who is also a research professor at the University of Leicester.
The couple were married in 1998 and welcomed their first child, Maddie, in 2003.
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As well as Maddie, the couple welcomed twins Amelie and Sean in 2005.
The couple still live in Rothley, Leicestershire, with their children.
They continue to search for their daughter, following all fresh inquiries and leads that arise.
Are Kate and Gerry still together?
In Kate’s autobiography published in 2011, after Madeline’s disappearance, their marriage nearly broke down.
Kate talked about how she withdrew into herself, stopped doing her hobbies or even being intimate with her husband.
It is believed that the couple were fearful their daughter had been taken by a paedophile.
Kate wrote about that period of time saying: “Tortured as I was by these images, it’s not surprising that even the thought of sex repulsed me.
“I worried about Gerry and me. I worried that if I didn’t get our sex life on track our whole relationship would break down.”
Kate went on to credit Gerry’s understanding and the couple’s resilience for the endurance of their marriage.
They remain together to this day, despite the continuous media presence in their lives.
What happened in Madeleine McCann’s disappearance?
Madeline McCann vanished from her family’s holiday apartment in Pria Da Luz, Portugal on May 3, 2007.
She was left alone in the apartment with her siblings while her parents and their friends had gone out nearby for dinner.
Around 10 pm, Kate went back to check on the children, only to discover Madeline was not in her bed.
Madeline’s disappearance triggered a global search for her, a search that continues to this day.
Within 24 hours of their child’s disappearance, they held a press conference to make the first in a string of public appeals to help find Madeleine.
In the intervening years, the couple have constantly kept the search alive for their daughter.
Over the course of the investigation, they have both been considered “persons of interest”.
In June 2020 a breakthrough in Madeline’s case was revealed, a German prisoner, known as Christian B, was named as the prime suspect in her disappearance.
New evidence showed that this man had a 30 minute phone call an hour before Madeline disappeared.
Scotland Yard – who are running the Operation Grange investigation into the youngster’s disappearance – revealed he has been linked with a campervan that had been spotted in the area days beforehand.
On June 3, 2020, a statement on the Facebook page, run on behalf of Kate and Gerry, posted a message stating: “We welcome the appeal today regarding the disappearance of our daughter, Madeleine.
“We would like to thank the police forces involved for their continued efforts in the search for Madeleine.
“All we have ever wanted is to find her, uncover the truth and bring those responsible to justice.
“We will never give up hope of finding Madeleine alive but whatever the outcome may be, we need to know as we need to find peace.
“We will be making no further comment regarding the appeal today.
“We would like to thank the general public for their ongoing support and encourage anyone who has information directly related to the appeal, to contact the police.”
German police described the suspect as white with short blond hair, possibly fair, and around 6ft tall with a slim build – who has 17 convictions across Europe and is being investigated for a number of other missing children.
But police in Germany claim they have evidence that proves Madeleine is dead but have yet to reveal how they know this to her parents.
Prime suspect Christian B “denies any involvement” in the McCann case.
On April 22, 2022, Portuguese police declared this person as a formal suspect.
It is the first time that the Portuguese prosecutors have made someone an official suspect in the investigation since they made Madeleine’s parents but were later on cleared.
Funding for the task force assigned to finding Madeline was rumoured to be scrapped in 2022, but that appears to no longer be the case.
Operation Grange began in 2011 and so far it has cost an estimated £13 million with the continued financial aid coming from Special Grant funding, which is available to forces that face exceptional costs.
It is run from a Met Police branch station in Putney, South West London, and is staffed by five officers.
On May 22, 2023, news reports emerged that divers will be searching a dam in Algarve that it is believed prime suspect Christian B visited.
It will be the first major operation of its kind in Portugal since 2014.
Since Madeline’s disappearance, there have been TV series and movies based on this tragic story.
A Netflix documentary released in March 2019 called The Disappearance Of Madeleine McCann drew the couple back into public attention, despite their refusal to be involved in or with the film.