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Madeleine McCanns parents issue statement 16 years after her disappearance

Madeleine McCann’s parents issue statement 16 years after her disappearance

The parents of Madeleine McCann have marked the 16th anniversary of her disappearance by thanking well-wishers and saying she is “still very much missed”.

In a short statement on the official Find Madeleine Campaign website, Kate and Gerry McCann said: “Today marks the 16th anniversary of Madeleine’s abduction. Still missing… still very much missed.

“It is hard to find the words to convey how we feel.

“The police investigation continues, and we await a breakthrough. Thank you to everyone for your support – it really helps.”

The couple, of Rothley, Leicestershire, also posted a poem named The Contradiction, written by Clare Pollard, which they said resonates strongly as they mark the anniversary.

Part of the poem reads: “The absence contradicts itself: the missing conjures what we miss.

“I cannot hold you, yet I do: please let me hold you in my head and where you are now, hold me too.”

Madeleine was aged three when she disappeared from a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in Portugal on May 3 2007.

Published: by Radio NewsHub

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