parents of Madeleine McCann said today a police review of
her case was 'a huge step' in the effort to help trace the
A team of
detectives in Portugal has been re-appointed to re-examine
the original investigation into Madeleineís disappearance,
after she vanished while on a family holiday in the Algarve
almost five years ago.
a review by Scotland Yard officers which began last May.
ahead of a 10 kilometre run for a missing peopleís charity
in Regentís Park, London, Gerry McCann said: 'Weíre 10
months into the Metís review process and itís important for
taken pressure off us, knowing the police are actually
reviewing everything. Itís a huge step for us.'
was nearly four when she went missing from her familyís
holiday flat in Praia da Luz, in the Algarve, in May 2007 as
her parents Kate and Gerry dined with friends nearby.
McCanns were joined by hundreds of families and friends of
other missing people for the charity run in Regentís Park,
including Peter Lawrence, father of missing York chef
Claudia Lawrence, and Rachel Elias, sister of rock star
Richey Edwards, rhythm guitarist and co-lyricist of the
Manic Street Preachers.
Almost 1,000 runners took part in this year's Miles for
Missing People event.
by the charity Missing People, the 10km run aims to raise
funds for its 24-hour lifeline which offers support to
families of missing people across the UK.
McCann said: 'It's a cause and a charity very close to our
hearts. We've been able to meet people who are in similar
situations. Although each experience is unique, we are all
going through that fight and pain of not having a loved one
Lawrence, whose daughter Claudia vanished in March 2009,
said the Miles for Missing People provides 'tremendous
Lawrence failed to arrive for her 6am shift at the
University of York.
ahead of the third anniversary of her disappearance, Mr
Lawrence said: 'No day is good, especially this weekend, but
meeting other families really does help.
helpline is absolutely essential for all the people who go
missing in this country.'
'As the search for Claudia continues, the tremendous support
generated by Miles for Missing People is invaluable in
helping people to cope with the consequences of someone in
their life going missing, maximising the chances of finding
People chief executive Martin Houghton-Brown said: 'If your
loved one went missing, wouldn't you want the world to stop
and look for them? The charity Missing People is building a
dedicated community of people ready to join the search
online, at work and in their communities.'