Kate and Gerry McCann never gave up on finding their daughter. The recent news comes as a shock.
The loss of a child is unbearable to any parent. It is worse when their child disappears and they don't know where she is. Kate and Gerry McCann struggled with the pain of not knowing where their little girl, Madeleine, went. Though they were unaware of how their child went missing and her whereabouts for a long time, the determined parents did not give up for over a decade. But the committed parents recently received the news that crushed their hope. Their little girl was dead.
Kate and Gerry McCann were in Portugal's Praia da Luz in 2007 for a vacation along with their three kids. On May 3, 2007, the UK couple went out for dinner along with their friends after tucking their 3-year-old daughter Madeleine and their siblings in bed at the Ocean Club resort. Though they were engaged with the dinner, the careful parents and their friends kept checking on the kids every half an hour.
In a letter to missing girl’s Madeleine McCann’s parents, prosecutors would not tell what evidence they have supporting the sad news.https://t.co/smYgIAprCX— The Australian (@australian) June 15, 2020
Gerry went to check on the kids at 9.05 pm and then their friend, Dr. Matthew Oldfield went to check on the kids at 9:30 p.m. However, he does not recall whether Madeleine was in bed or not.
The events that followed changed their happy vacation into a nightmare. Kate came to check on the children at 10:00 pm and found the front door of their kids' bedroom open. In her book, Madeleine: Our Daughter's Disappearance and the Continuing Search for Her, Kate described her shock when she saw the door slam shut, according to EOnline. She realized her baby girl was no more on the bed and was missing.
Madeleine McCann suspect Christian Brueckner LAUGHED at jokes that he was hiding the missing girl in his cellar https://t.co/uJx5sKqP2V— Daily Mail U.K. (@DailyMailUK) June 21, 2020
Kate and her husband never thought that day would be the last time they would see their 3-year-old. Since then, the parents have been in search of their dear daughter. Though it has been 13 years, the parents refused to give up and continued to look for answers. Recently, they found that answer but it left them heartbroken. The prosector of the case wrote a letter to the parents confirming the death of their child. However, he said also added that he "can’t say why."
The parents of missing Madeleine McCann have denied receiving a letter from German police suggesting she is dead. https://t.co/e9LU0hj1Gv— STV News (@STVNews) June 16, 2020
Hans Christian Wolters, who is leading the investigation, is looking into the suspect Christian Brueckner. He said the releasing of the details would interfere with the investigation, according to Mirror. "We have re-established contact with the McCann family in writing. We, of course, really consider the fact that it is going to be very hard for the family when we tell them we assume Madeline is dead. But we can’t say why she is dead. It is more important that we are successful and we are able to get the culprit, as opposed to just putting our cards on the table and tell them why we think she might be," told Wolters to Mirror.
"We have concrete evidence that our suspect has killed Madeleine," said the German prosecutor, according to NY Post. The suspect, who is in jail in Germany, is a convicted sex offender. However, he was not specifically arrested for the disappearance of Madeleine. Reportedly, he lived along the Algarve coast at the time of her missing.
The prosecutor confirmed that the information regarding the case had been passed among the German team, Scotland Yard, and Portugal. However, he also admitted that not all details have been shared yet. The McCann's Portuguese lawyer Rogerio Alves was scheduled to see the evidence of Madeline's death but the prosecutors are unwilling to disclose the details at the moment.
Madeleine McCann's parents are told by letter that she is dead: German prosecutors tell missing girl's parents their suspect killed the three-year-old - but WON'T disclose their 'concrete evidence' https://t.co/MRaLPpSHqj— Levi Page (@LeviPageTV) June 19, 2020
Meanwhile, the news is a shock to the parents, who still had the hopes of seeing their daughter alive. "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," said the McCann family said in 2020. In spite of being suspected of having their own daughter vanish by the Portuguese authorities and a British national Robert Murat, the parents did not lose heart.
Madeleine went missing from her family's holiday apartment on May 3, 2007, a few days before her fourth birthday. Her disappearance sparked one of the biggest searches of its kind in recent years. https://t.co/1jyAFXfuSE— Rappler (@rapplerdotcom) June 18, 2020
In 2017, the grieving mother, Kate, said she hoped to see her baby girl but admitted that she was unhappy with the pace of the investigation. "Apart from those first 48 hours, nothing actually has changed since then. I think the difficult thing has always been, how will we find her?...we just have to go with the process and follow it through, whatever it takes, for as long as it takes. But there's still hope that we can find Madeleine," said the mother, according to EOnline.