| 11.3°C Belfast

Madeleine McCann's parents will not 'give up' until they discover the truth


Kate and Gerry McCann

Kate and Gerry McCann


Kate and Gerry McCann

The parents of Madeleine McCann have said they will "never give up hope" of finding their daughter alive as their 13-year quest to "uncover the truth" of how she went missing took a new turn.

In a statement accompanying the revelation that a suspect had been identified in her disappearance, Kate and Gerry McCann said: "All we have ever wanted is to find her, uncover the truth and bring those responsible to justice.

"We will never give up hope of finding Madeleine alive, but whatever the outcome may be, we need to know as we need to find peace."

Ever since her disappearance, Madeleine's parents, from Rothley, Leicestershire, have consistently vowed to keep searching for their daughter.

The couple are both from close-knit, working-class Catholic families and have found solace through their relatives and their faith in the years since Madeleine's disappearance.

Mr McCann is from Glasgow and his wife from Liverpool, but they met while working as junior doctors at the Western Infirmary in Glasgow.

Mr McCann's parents are from Co Donegal. He is a professor of cardiac imaging at the University of Leicester and a consultant cardiologist who has been open about his mental health struggles since the night Madeleine went missing

Mrs McCann stopped working as a GP after her daughter went missing to focus on campaign work and her two other children, twins Amelie and Sean, aged just two when Madeleine disappeared. She poured her energies into charity work, including as an ambassador for the Missing People charity, before returning to work in another area of medicine.

Belfast Telegraph