McCann's parents issued a heartfelt thank-you to people for
"not giving up" on their daughter - ahead of today's
of her disappearance.
Anguished Kate McCann insisted in an
internet message: "She is still
Kate added on the FindMadeleine website: "We would like to reiterate our
gratitude to all of our supporters for not forgetting
"Four years may have passed but our little girl is still missing." Kate,
43, also told how she still has "flashbacks to May 2007" - when
three-year-old Madeleine vanished on holiday.
She said: "Everything is so new and fresh.
"You just keep thinking that she's going to be found tomorrow - and here
we are four years later."
husband Gerry, a fellow doctor also aged 43, will mark
today's anniversary quietly as family and friends console them.
The mum will attend a prayer vigil at the Catholic church near their
home in Rothley, Leics. Similar vigils will be held in Liverpool, where
Kate's parents live, and at Our Lady Of Light church in Praia da Luz,
Portugal - where Maddie was abducted from the family's holiday
The couple's spokesman confirmed: "It will be a private day marked with
family and friends."
Kate hopes a
she has written - entitled simply Madeleine - will lead to people
coming up with new information.
She said: "It will be launched on May 12, which poignantly and
coincidentally happens to be Madeleine's eighth birthday.
"We pray that it will bring us the result we long for and that not only
the book but this whole ordeal and heartache will be behind us before
too much longer."
The '20 cover price will boost the dwindling fund set up to find her
The McCanns' spokesman said as he revealed their "very low key"
anniversary plans that the couple were not intending to return to the
Kate's book had been due out last week - but the release date was
delayed to avoid clashing with the Royal Wedding.