McCann and other mothers of missing children outside the
House of Commons
The chances of missing Madeleine McCann being found are improving after
Scotland Yard was called in to review the investigation, the young
girl's mother Kate has said.
Mrs McCann, whose daughter Madeleine went missing from her family's
holiday flat in the Algarve shortly before her fourth birthday, said
grieving families should not be left to search for their loved ones
Calling for the Government to improve support, she said there was
"currently no legislation to protect missing people and their families
Mrs McCann, 43, issued her appeal to Ministers as Scotland Yard
continues its review of the investigation into her daughter's
disappearance in Praia da Luz on May 3, 2007.
The official Portuguese inquiry was formally shelved in July 2008,
although private detectives employed by the McCanns have continued the
don't think this should be the role of grieving parents," she said. But
she added that now Scotland Yard was involved, "I feel the chances of
her being found are improving".
The lack of support the McCanns received was compounded by a "lack of
communication and information", she said.
Calling for a single point of contact between the families of missing
people and the police, Mrs McCann added: "To be left in the dark when
your child is missing and at risk is unbearable."
Human beings are not equipped to deal with such ordeals and more support
is crucial if "families are to survive", she said. "Many people have
been worn down by this process because it's absolutely relentless and
Mrs McCann, with her voice shaking, was giving evidence to MPs holding
an inquiry into the support available for the families of missing