Mike Williams and
By Nigel Moore
Kate McCann: If this
was a... a murder inquiry there'd be an
active investigation but, as it stands,
we have a
perpetrator who's still at
large and therefore puts other...
potentially other children at risk and
we have a missing child. So why is there
no active investigation?
Officially, for 18 months, law
enforcement are not pro-actively doing
anything to find Madeleine and who took
her. And I just think that is
fundamentally unacceptable. Now, we've
been assured that if new information
comes in, it will be followed up. In
fact, the information that's come to
light, during the recent court case, has
shown that almost every single piece of
information that's gone to Portimao -
the police station in the Algarve, where
the investigation is based - has been
treated in exactly the same manner;
which is being declared as 'not
KM: I mean, I think it
is a farce.
GM: There have been,
errr... very poor elements of the
Portuguese investigation and at the same
time it's probably been one of the
biggest investigations ever in Portugal.
So we aren't, errr... tarring everyone.
There have been individuals, who, for
whatever reason, have not, errm...
seemingly wanted to find Madeleine;
that's what it appears to us. So there
are people who are clearly making it
more difficult and there are others
within this country, errm... for
whatever motives, want to make it more
difficult and, you know, there are many
people trying to derail what we are
doing along the way.
KM: I also think
there'll be some people that'll be
greatly embarrassed if
found and that... that scares me... that
scares me that that might affect their
want, or not, for Madeleine to be found.
Mike Williams: You've
got two other children to raise. What do
the twins, errr... know of what happened
to their sister?
recognition that what's happened is
morally very, very wrong and that their
sister should be at home with them and
needless to say Sean, in particular,
talks about having an aeroplane and
flying all over the world and looking
for that man that's taken Madeleine and
when he gets him he's going to rescue
her and put... take his sword out.
MW: Kate, you devote
your time to the campaign to find your
KM: My day is very
much, kind of, partly investigation;
largely campaign now. We've started this
holiday pack - which is posters and car
MW: So you're hoping
that people will take these overseas
with them when they travel; put their
stickers up and...
KM: So it just means
the image is out there constantly as a
reminder to people that she's still
MW: What do you hope
happened? What's the best scenario that
you can find comfort in?
KM: You just hope that
it's somebody who is looking after
Madeleine; that she is now... that she's
not at harm and that she's getting love
and happiness. You know, that's all I
can hope for.
GM: And that isn't some
sort of dream. At the National Center
for Missing and Exploited Children, in
the United States - with the most
experience in child abduction - is that
the younger the child, the more likely
that they have been taken to be kept.
MW: What's the worst
GM: I mean, early on we
couldn't think of anything else but the
worst case; that she'd been taken,
abused and killed and dumped - or maybe
left seriously injured and dumped out in
the freezing cold.
MW: You believe that
she's alive? Not hope for it, do you
KM: You know, in my
heart I feel she's out there; I mean, I
really do. And that together with the
feeling I have of this not being over,
you know, that her still being there.
The hardest thing, obviously, is how do
we find her?