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Kate McCann to tell MPs of 'unending heartbreak'

Families of missing people are left with "unimaginable, unending heartbreak, confusion, guilt, and worry" when their loved ones go missing and need more support, Kate McCann was due to tell British MPs today.

Mrs McCann (43), whose daughter Madeleine went missing from her family's holiday flat in the Algarve shortly before her fourth birthday, will join other mothers of missing children as she talks about the lack of support available to families.

"When someone you love goes missing, you are left with unimaginable, unending heartbreak, confusion, guilt, and worry," she was due to say. "In addition to the reassurance that everything possible is being done to find their missing loved one, families need support. And they should be spared the additional pain of financial and legal bureaucracy."

Ann Coffey, chairwoman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Runaway and Missing Children and Adults, said: "When a child or vulnerable adult goes missing the families left behind are absolutely devastated."

Mrs McCann will give evidence as Scotland Yard continues its review of the investigation into her daughter's disappearance in Praia da Luz on May 3 2007.

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