Madeleine McCann’s 10th anniversary “a horrible marker of time”

Her parents have written an emotional post to mark the milestone

Madeleine McCann’s 10th anniversary “a horrible marker of time”

File photo of Gerry and Kate McCann whose daughter Madeleine disappeared from a holiday flat in Portugal ten years ago | Image: John Stillwell/PA Wire/PA Images

Madeleine McCann’s parents have described the upcoming 10th anniversary of their daughter’s disappearance as “a horrible marker of time, stolen time.”

The 3-year-old disappeared on May 3rd, 2007 during a family holiday in Praia da Luz in Portugal.

She has not been seen since she vanished from the apartment she and her family were staying in.

In an extensive post on the official findmadeleine.com website, Kate McCann writes: “Ten years- there's no easy way to say it, describe it, accept it.

“I remember when Madeleine first disappeared I couldn’t even begin to consider anything in terms of years.

“Shawn Hornbeck abducted and kept hidden for over four years, Natascha Kampusch for over eight years. I couldn't go there. And now here we are...Madeleine, our Madeleine- ten years.

“Most days are similar to the rest - another day. May 3rd 2017 - another day. But ten years - a horrible marker of time, stolen time.”

“We are bracing ourselves for the next couple of weeks. It's likely to be stressful and painful and more so given the rehashing of old 'stories', misinformation, half-truths and downright lies which will be doing the rounds in the newspapers, social media and 'special edition' TV programmes.”

 
Undated file photo of Madeleine McCann

‘No new appeals’

The post continues: “I truly hope that those reporting on the 'story' over the next couple of weeks will have a conscience.

“Even if little consideration for Gerry and me is shown, they will at least bear in mind the effect such unfounded and unwarranted negativity could have on our other children - and of course Madeleine.”

There is an active police investigation to try and find her, but there are no new appeals at this time.

“We are keeping any media involvement marking this unwanted milestone to a minimum”, Mrs McCann says.

“We consider ourselves immensely fortunate to have received the love, solidarity and support from so many kind and decent people over the last decade.

“There have been many challenges and low points along the way but the warmth, encouragement and positivity we have experienced from the ‘quiet majority’ has undoubtedly sustained us and maintained our faith in human goodness. And while that is there, there will always be hope.”

An age-progressed photo of Madeleine McCann | Image: findmadeleine.com

Her disappearance sparked one of the most high-profile police investigations of recent times.

The UK’s Scotland Yard has been assisting with the inquiry since 2011.

Last month the British Home Office confirmed it had granted officers stg£85,000 (€99,763) to carry on with the probe for a further six months.

More than stg£11m (€12.9m) has been spent on the UK investigation.