The father of missing three-year-old Madeleine McCann tonight made
a fresh emotional plea for help in tracing his daughter.
Following criticism of aspects of how the case had been handled he
also expressed the family’s thanks to the police for
Appearing before a bank of cameras and a crowd of reporters Dr
McCann stood arm in arm with his wife Kate who was again
clutching a pink teddy bear as she was last night when
the family were first seen in public following the
disappearance which police are now treating as an
Moments before making his statement, Dr McCann appeared first alone
before returning to the family’s temporary holiday
apartment and re-emerging arm in arm with his wife.
He said: “First of all we would like to thank everyone here in
Portugal, the UK and elsewhere for all your support
during this extremely difficult time for our family.
“We are pleased that the family liaison officers from
Leicestershire are now working closely with the
Portuguese Police in keeping us informed.
“We have no further information regarding the investigation but
appreciate the significant effort everyone is making on
“We would again like to appeal for any information, however small,
that may lead to the safe return of Madeleine.
“Finally we would like to thank the media for respecting our
privacy especially that of Madeleine’s little brother