Investigators remain convinced they can still track down the vanished youngster
Search ordeal... tortured parents Kate &
THERE are still hundreds of leads to follow up in the hunt for missing
Madeleine McCann, we can reveal.
Private investigators say they have 1,900 lines of inquiry to pursue as
they search for Maddie, snatched from the Algarve in May 2007 while
parents Kate and Gerry holidayed there.
Despite having now ruled out all possible sightings of the youngster,
investigators remain convinced they can still track down the vanished
The revelation of a treasure trove of clues comes as heartbroken mum
Kate releases her book Madeleine, which details her family's harrowing
A source close to the family said last night: "Kate still strongly
believes she will one day find Madeleine. She clings to the belief that
she is alive, and we still have 1,900 leads. Many of them relate to
information about events at the time in Portugal and many are about what
happened after she disappeared.
Still missing... Madeleine McCann
"She could still be out there in the clutches of a captor. Every piece
is taken seriously because it could just be that one fragment of detail
that opens up the whole case."
In the book Kate, 43, describes how she is consumed by the fear that
Madeleine was snatched by a paedophile. And she told this weekend of the
guilt she endures over her daughter's abduction, saying: "I became
consumed with it. It was torture for me. It was horrible, so vivid."
A friend said Kate hoped the book would help breathe fresh life into the
hunt for Maddie, who vanished days before her fourth birthday.
He added: "She has laboured long and hard over the book. This could get
that one person with vital evidence to come forward."
As well as her continuing anguish, Kate has also told of the strain that
the disappearance of Madeleine has put on her relationship with husband
She said: "I didn't know if I would ever get back to the person I was. I
was conscious about the effect this had on Gerry. He needed me to be
together and I just couldn't get myself there."
Heart specialist Gerry also told how their love for six-year-old twins
Sean and Amelie and support from his and Kate's mums helped them pull
He added: "Child abduction could destroy any family. It's one of the
most devastating things."