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Nearly two years on, McCanns to make fresh appeal about Madeleine

Published 25/03/2009

Still taken from video of Madeleine McCann
Still taken from video of Madeleine McCann
Still taken from video of Madeleine McCann
Still taken from video of Madeleine McCann
Still taken from undated Madeleine Fund handout video of Madeleine McCann
Kate and Gerry McCann, parents of missing toddler Madeleine, walk to mass y at their local Catholic church, the Sacred Heart in Rothley, England
Madeleine McCann
Madeleine McCann
Madeleine McCann
Police have examined CCTV footage of a girl seen in a Belgian bank who it was believed could have been Madeleine McCann.
Kate and Gerry McCann as they give a statement at the Rothley Court Hotel, in Rothley, Leicestershire after they were formally cleared by the Portuguese authorities of involvement in their daughter Madeleine's disappearance .
Missing: Madeleine McCann
Missing: Madeleine McCann
Still missing: Madeleine McCann
Madeleine McCann
Kate McCann, the mother of missing British girl Madeleine McCann, arrives at the police station in Portimao, southren Portugal, to be questioned Friday, Sept. 7 2007. The parents of a missing British girl whose disappearance sparked a global search will be formally named as suspects by Portuguese police, a family friend said Friday. Kate McCann was being questioned for a second day at a police station over the disappearance of their daughter Madeleine. Her husband, Gerry, was also due to be questioned.
Five hundred balloons were released Friday June 22, 2007, in Gilleleje, Denmark, with a note inside each of the balloons showing the missing girl Madeleine McCann, who disappeared May 3 from the resort apartment in Praia da Luz, southern Portugal, where she was on vacation with her family. A single red balloon represents Madeleine. The British girls parents, Gerry and Kate McCann, released 50 balloons Friday in Praia da Luz to mark the 50th day since the disappearance.
Kate, right, and Gerry McCann, the parents of missing British girl Madeleine McCann, hold portrait of their daughter with arabic written instructions, at the end of their press conference held in Rabat, Monday, June 11, 2007. Kate and Gerry McCann arrived in the North African kingdom on Sunday to look into claims that a man and young girl matching Madeleine's description were spotted in Marrakech six days after the child went missing.
Yellow ribbons for Madeleine McCann
Gerry and Kate McCann, the parents of a 4-year-old British girl who disappeared while on a vacation with her family in Portugal on Thursday May 3, 2007, are seen in St. Peter square at the Vatican prior to the start of the weekly general audience, Wednesday, May 30, 2007, during wich Pope Benedict XVI held the hands of the parents of 4-year-old Madeleine, blessing them and a photo of the little girl.

Madeleine McCann’s parents have launched a new appeal for information about their daughter focused on the area where she went missing in 2007.

About 10,000 leaflets in Portuguese will be handed out and posted through letterboxes in Praia da Luz, Lagos and Burgau in Portugal over the next fortnight. The Algarve campaign will be backed up with billboards and bus and van advertising.

Family spokesman Clarence Mitchell said the appeal was “very localised” with the aim of collecting the vital clue that could lead to Madeleine being found.

The official Find Madeleine Fund said in a statement: “At the time of Madeleine’s disappearance the emphasis was placed more on international appeals, and it has been recognised that the local Portuguese residents of Praia da Luz and the surrounding areas have never been properly asked about information they may have to give.

“The purpose of the current campaign is to do just that — ask the local Portuguese residents for information to help to find Madeleine. Experience shows the crucial answers are in the immediate vicinity.

“Someone in the area could almost certainly have the vital information that could help Madeleine’s return to her family, or a combination of people all coming forward with a single piece of information could piece together vital clues which could solve the disappearance.

“Experience also shows that people almost always confide in someone else.

“Someone in Praia da Luz may have been given information that should be passed on and now is the perfect opportunity to do just that.”

Information can be provided to the McCanns’ private investigation team anonymously by telephone, email, text message or freepost, and will be treated in confidence. Madeleine was nearly four when she went missing from her family’s holiday apartment in Praia da Luz on May 3 2007 while her parents dined with friends nearby. Despite a massive police investigation and huge publicity, she has not been found.

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