Madeleine McCann parents demand 'review'

2011-05-12 11:02

London - The parents of missing British girl Madeleine McCann on Thursday urged Prime Minister David Cameron to order a "comprehensive review" of the information surrounding their daughter's disappearance.

Kate and Gerry McCann wrote in a letter to British newspaper The Sun that it was "not right that a young, vulnerable British citizen has essentially been given up on".

"One call might be all that is needed to lead to Madeleine and her abductor," the couple's message said.

"To this end we are seeking a joint independent, transparent and comprehensive review of all information held in relation to Madeleine's disappearance," continued the letter.

A spokesperson for the British leader said the government would do "all it can to help them".

A new book written by Kate is being serialised in The Sun with proceeds going towards boosting dwindling search funds.


Madeleine is set to be released on Thursday - the missing toddler's eighth birthday - and is expected to be a best-seller.

In the 384-page account, the 43-year-old admitted she contemplated suicide in the aftermath of the abduction and revealed she was haunted by "a macabre slideshow of vivid pictures".

"The pictures I saw of our Madeleine no sane human being would want in her head, but they were in mine," McCann wrote.

"I had an overwhelming urge to swim out across the ocean, as hard and as fast as I could... until I was so far out and so exhausted I could just allow the water to pull me under and relieve me of this torment," she added.

Madeleine went missing in the Algarve resort of Praia da Luz on May 3 2007, a few days before her fourth birthday, as her parents and their friends ate at a nearby restaurant.

Five months after Madeleine's disappearance, Portuguese police made Kate and Gerry formal suspects in the case but they were later cleared.

The couple, from Leicestershire in central England, warned that a search fund which they set up to find their daughter was running dry after once standing at £2m.

  • avaricesa - 2011-05-12 11:10

    Very sad

  • Mariana - 2011-05-12 11:21

    Would not be able to give up either - my girls is my life. How do you give up on life? Doesn't matter how they find her, this mom would be ready with whatever it takes. I pray for you xx

  • Slypsteen - 2011-05-12 12:24

    The McCanns have milked this since 2007 - funds here and funds there book here and a book there. What about their other kids? Their own negligence led to their childs disappearance and they were formal suspects which with political interference from the UK Govt. was squashed. I think they protest too much – 1000’s of people have lost kids and we don’t see them all over the Internet and TV all the time.

      GD - 2011-05-12 13:04

      you honestly cannot be a partent - milked it? are you for real?

      GD - 2011-05-12 13:04


      Mariana - 2011-05-12 13:11

      Please review your insensitive comment the day you have your own children! No parent is perfect, we all have made hair-raising mistakes at some stage, thanking the Lord afterward for looking over us.

      Redwine - 2011-05-12 13:26

      I have a housefull of girls. However think there is a lot more to it than meets the eye. How do you spent GBP2M (R20+ Million)on this and now look for more? The Sun is pure trash. I have to agree in my book these parents f@cked up and should have been punished at the time. How do you reconcile yourself with the fact that you left them on their own that small whilst boozing and eating away.

      Flee - 2011-05-12 13:53

      I agree Slyp... I seriously believe that the parents had something to do with her death/disappearance.... Read a book about the whole initial investigation and cadaver dogs smelled a corpse on the mother in the cupboard and in a car they rented 2 weeks after her disappearance.. From the Maddi Foundation Book "Statistics have been kept in some countries about the proportion of alleged ‘stranger’ abductions of an infant from a family’s home (or from a temporary residence elsewhere, such as being on holiday). They show that in the vast majority of cases of so-called ‘stranger abductions’ of infants from a family home, it later turns out - when the full facts emerge - that a member of child’s family has been involved in the child’s death"

      Grunk - 2011-05-12 15:33

      Dear Slyp, Let's rather rephrase your point: Due to the circumstances surrounding their child's disappearance, methinks they doth protest too much.

      gaaatvol - 2011-05-12 19:30

      Unfortunately Slypsteen is correct in saying that the parents' negligence led to the child's disappearance. Real, caring parents do not leave young children alone while they dine out. I know many many parents who wouldn't even leave their small children alone inside their house while they are working in the garden. So yes, why must everybody help contribute to find their child if they didn't care enough in the first place to not leave them alone.

  • sabuckus - 2011-05-12 13:39

    Common sense points to some involvement of the parents, it doesn,t require rocket science or CSI stuff.

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