'It's one of the most devastating things. But
we've been supported tremendously well and I
think that's helped us stay strong and stay
'Obviously, we're really united
in our goal and our love of Madeleine and Sean
and Amelie [the couple's twins].'
massive police investigation and huge media and
public interest, the fate of Madeleine remains a
The release of
thousands of pages of witness statements and
expert reports from the official Portuguese case
files last August did little to explain her
disappearance from the family's holiday
apartment in the resort of Praia da Luz.
ruled last July that there was not enough
evidence to bring criminal charges against
anyone and shelved the inquiry.
officials said the much-criticised police
investigation achieved 'very little in terms of
conclusive results' - not least in
establishing for certain whether Madeleine was
alive or dead.
Portuguese authorities are no longer actively
investigating her disappearance, Mr and Mrs
McCann have a small team of retired senior
British police officers working for them.
The couple had
the huge Portuguese official files translated
into English, and they have been painstakingly
examined in the search for missed clues.
developments will be revealed in Thursday's
Channel 4 documentary.
understood to include a mystery suspect seen by
witnesses loitering alone on a road near the
apartment where the McCanns were staying.
Still hoping: Kate McCann told Oprah
Winfrey she visits Madeleine's
bedroom twice daily and 'speaks' to
her missing little girl