The parents of Madeleine McCann have vowed to keep searching for her 'for as long as it takes', 12 years on from her disappearance in Portugal. Madeleine was three years old when she went missing during a family holiday in the Algarve on 3 May 2007. Her disappearance drew enormous attention in the media in the UK, Portugal and across the globe, with the subsequent investigation remaining very much in the public eye ever since. Despite the odds of finding Madeleine diminishing with each day, parents Kate and Gerry have remained resolutely determined to keep searching until she is found. In a post on the Official Find Madeleine Campaign page on Facebook, they reasserted this pledge. The post, entitled '12th Anniversary of Madeleine's Abduction (3rd May 2019)', read: "It's that time of year again. As much as we'd like to fast forward the first couple of weeks of May, there's no getting around it."The months and years roll by too quickly; Madeleine will be sixteen this month. It's impossible to put into words just how that makes us feel. There is comfort and reassurance though in knowing that the investigation continues and many people around the world remain vigilant."Thank you to everyone who continues to support us and for your ongoing hope and belief.
"For as long as it takes.....................
"Kate and Gerry."
Metropolitan Police Chief Cressida Dick confirmed yesterday that the force had applied for additional funds from the Home Office to support the ongoing investigation into Madeleine's disappearance, Operation Grange. She said: "We have active lines of inquiries and I think the public would expect us to see those through."A very small team continues to work on this case with Portuguese colleagues and we have put in an application to the Home Office for further funding."The inquiry was granted a further £150,000 last November and has cost a total of £11.75 million, according to the Telegraph. Madeleine's disappearance and the subsequent investigation formed the subject of a Netflix documentary series, The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann, which was released in March.
In a statement at the time, Kate and Gerry distanced themselves from the documentary, fearing it may hinder the investigation. They said: "We are aware that Netflix is planning to screen a documentary in March 2019 about Madeleine's disappearance."The production company told us that they were making the documentary and asked us to participate."We did not see and still do not see how this programme will help the search for Madeleine and, particularly given there is an active police investigation, it could potentially hinder it."Consequently, our views and preferences are not reflected in the programme. We will not be making any further statements or giving interviews regarding this programme."