Madeleine McCann's parents express hope of seeing daughter again 14 years on
"We hang on to the hope, however small"
Madeleine McCann's parents have said that they still hope to see their daughter again, as her 18th birthday approaches this month.
In a post on the website dedicated to finding their daughter, Kate and Gerry McCann wrote that they "hang on to the hope, however small, that we will see Madeleine again."
The full post reads: "Every May is tough – a reminder of years passed, of years together lost, or stolen. This year it is particularly poignant as we should be celebrating Madeleine’s 18th birthday. Enough said.
"The Covid pandemic has made this year even more difficult for many reasons but thankfully the investigation to find Madeleine and her abductor has continued.
"We hang on to the hope, however small, that we will see Madeleine again. As we have said repeatedly, we need to know what has happened to our lovely daughter, no matter what. We are very grateful to the police for their continued efforts.
"We still receive so many positive words and good wishes despite the years that have gone by. It all helps and for that we are truly grateful – thank you."
It was recently revealed that the couple have more than £750,000 set aside to fund a private investigation into their daughter's disappearance, in case the current police investigation is terminated in the coming months.
Sunday marked the 14th anniversary of Madeleine's disappearance, after she went missing from her family's holiday apartment in Portugal on 3 May 2007. May 12 this year would be her 18th birthday.