― Profiler clues to Maddie (DMa)
KMC Diary : I got up early after another late and very disturbed night. I dropped by the church. I feel better after these short conversations. I cooked my first meal (since they took Madeleine!!) for dinner tonight.
Please God—make me right. Please God—protect her. Please God—bring her back to us soon! Night, night Madeleine, my dearest little angel. My sweetheart, my darling, my love, my companion. I love you more than anything. Lots of hugs my darling. I'm going to dream that I'm lying by your side—moments I'll always cherish and I long to have again. Sweet dreams my little one. Be strong. Mummy XXXXX.GMC Blog : Relatively quiet day apart from phone calls and campaign related e-mails. We have busy couple of days coming up so off to bed relatively early (before midnight)!
― Sombre Day For Madeleine McCann's Family (SN)
― Parents back police search (LM)
― Madeleine: The cruel price of public sympathy (YEP)
― Don’t hate Maddie’s parents (BC)
― Calling Danie Krugel to the Madeleine McCann search (CFP)
― Madeleine McCann: UK Team to Construct Suspect's Psychological Profile (NL)
GMC blog : Another trip to the airport this morning to pick up our campaign manager. Kate did a series of interviews for womens magazines and the Sunday newspapers which took most of the afternoon. Kates parents, who we visit regularly at home, also arrived and the twins were very happy to see them. They will be staying with us for a week.We have had some new posters designed of Madeleine, in Portuguese and Spanish, which I have been printing out to distribute locally.
I also did some filming to camera which we might use on the website and for future events.
- La "maladie" de GMC n'est que le prétexte donné pour décommander la campagne à Huelva.
― 'Mummy, I've had the best day ever' said Madeleine just before she was snatched (LES
― Madeleine McCann ‘Cracker' Team Will Ignore Earlier Work by Local Cops (NL)
GMC Blog : Today was a bit of a write off for me as I was laid low with a probable viral illness which meant I could not stray too far from the house! I did manage to get through some e-mails, telephone calls and some paperwork. Feeling a bit better tonight so hopefully be back to normal tomorrow. Kate did manage to put up some of the new Madeleine posters in shops around Praia da Luz.. It is noticeably busier, now that we are in August, with lots of tourists many of whom are from Portugal.
The figures from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children show that one in six kids are recovered after being recognised from a poster. Such statistics do encourage us that relatively simple measures may be effective in helping us find Madeleine.
- Aucune mention n'est faite de la présence des chiens la veille dans la villa des MC
― Three months on, Madeleine's parents make fresh plea for help in finding their daughter (DMa, SN)
― DNA tests follow 'Madeleine McCann' sighting (G, TI, BBC, SN, ITN, M, II, Reuters)
― Madeleine parents travel to Spain (M)
― Kate McCann - mother of Madeleine - speaks to Marie Claire
― McCanns' Group Accused Of 'Silence Pact' (SN)
GMC Blog : It is exactly 3 months since Madeleine was abducted. Kate and I had an early start as we drove to Huelva, 50Km over the border from Portugal in Southern Spain. We were meant to go yesterday but had to cancel because I was ill.Kate, dans "Madeleine", révèlera qu'ils ont menti aux médias.Unfortunately it was a public holiday in Huelva and the large shopping centre we planned to visit was closed. We did distribute posters in several garages, taxi ranks and the bus and train stations and gave out some Madeleine wristbands. This was definitely a worthwhile exercise, as many people did not seemingly recognise Madeleine but we did get a very warm response from the Spanish people we met. We would encourage everyone to continue taking posters on holiday but please ask permission before putting them up in public places.When we arrived back in Praia da Luz we did a couple of media interviews to building up to August 11th, which will mark 100 days if Madeleine is still missing.There will be a lot of media activity next week reviewing Madeleine's abduction, the investigation and of course the campaign to help find her. It is an opportunity to highlight that we have not given up hope and are still optimistic of being reunited with Madeleine.Tonight we prayed for Madeleine at a vigil in the church. This has happened every Friday since Madeleines abduction and was very well attended tonight, probably due to the greater number of tourists in the resort.
- la fouille des chiens dans la maison de Murat est très médiatisée
― Fund is not charity (S) ― Looking for Maddie’s body (S) ― Belgium cops' do a DNA test (TS, DS, TG, T, DM, TSM, II) ― Madeleine mum's agony (DM, DE, LM) ― We Did See Madeleine (DE, CNN, CMa, CV)
― Madeleine: Police search home again (IOL)
― Police check possible links between Madeline McCann and the Swiss girl, Ylenia Lenhard (TSp)
GMC Blog : Another early start to the day as I dropped the crew who did some filming for the website and other forthcoming events. Kate and I did a short interview reviewing the last 3 months and the search for Madeleine. We spent the rest of the day with the kids and Kate’s family. We were all glad it clouded over in the afternoon to give us some respite from the intense heat.
The most recent searches by the police have attracted a lot of renewed media interest with satellite trucks arriving back in Praia da Luz. It is likely that some of the British Broadcasters will also come back out.
We were all very tired and we managed to get off to bed at 10.30pm, which is very early for us by recent standards
― Madeleine possibly killed in the apartment - Traces: English dogs find trail (CM)
GMC Blog : We attended church this morning as usual. The local priest father Manuel is on holiday so the mass was all in Portuguese and although quicker than normal we did not understand too much of the sermon.
I note there was a lot of coverage of Kate's interview in the Sunday newspapers today. I managed to read one of them and certainly seemed to sum up very well how we are feeling and coping without Madeleine. The key message is that we are doing everything we can to help find Madeleine.
After lunch we had a meeting with our campaign manager and Kate's family to run through a few things which will be happening this week. There was going to be a lot of media here leading up to the 100 days although we still hope we will not get to that marker, even before this latest search by the Portuguese police.
Kate and I popped back down to the church later on tonight to say a few quiet prayers for Madeleine. The town is much busier at night than when we first came here on holiday and even compared to a few weeks ago. Computer glitches now sorted out thanks to Calum at info-host.
Blood in the McCanns’ bedroom (JN)
PJ points at english persons - Suspicions: Investigation on the family and proximity context (CM
Investigations at “crucial” phase, the PJ assures (TSF)
"We will never give up on Madeleine" - Kate McCann (AR, DM, DE)
Murat villa search finds no clues (AR, DE, G, TT, M, TSm)
Family and Police Link 'Strained' (DE)
Maddy: Major New Breakthrough (DE)
I'm Sorry I Didn't Rescue Maddy at Belgian Restaurant (DE, DMa)
Madeleine's mother tells of regret as police search suspect's garden (G, LM, NYP)
Madeleine McCann suspect's garden dug up (T, DR)
Madeleine McCann: Blood found in bedroom (T, M)
Madeleine parents meet detectives (BBC)
Daily Debate: How safe are our children? (ITN)
Hunt for 'blanket carrying' Maddie suspect (Metro)
This Will Prove His Innocence: Police Search Home of Maddie Suspect (LE)
Madeleine fund gets cash boost (LEP)
Officers 'tailing second suspect' in Maddie case (AEE)
Police Reported To Have Second Suspect In McCann Abduction (BT, II)
Madeleine McCann Case - Police Have Second Suspect Under Surveillance (PC)
Did Maddie Die in Holiday Flat? (N24)
GMC Blog : Today was again very busy. Lots of e-mails and telephone calls to family and friends who have been involved in the campaign to find Madeleine. I went to a large office store in Portimão to buy a new printer and ink, both of which were badly needed after all the posters we produced this last week. There has been lots of media attention on the latest police searches. We are pleased that the investigation remains so active and we are cooperating fully with the Portuguese and British police, as we have done since day 1. We continue to hope and pray daily for that vital breakthrough or sighting that will lets us be reunited as a family.
Dogs search for more traces (JN)
Judiciaria has known for a month that Maddie was killed - Madeleine McCann’s parents are suspected of being involved (DN)
Second suspect report refuted by police (AR)
PJ inspects Murat vehicles (AR)
Lab tests specks in new clue to riddle (TS)
Brit dog sniffs out blood (TS, HS, AEE)
Parents Confident Madeleine Alive (BBC, SN, M, ETS, CBS, IOL)
'Blood found in McCanns' flat' (LM, BBC, G, TI, SN, DS, T)
Brit police to test blood found in McCann flat (G, LE, LDP, BT, Euronews)
'Traces Of Madeleine's Blood Found In Flat' (TSm, II, CBC, CTV, To, DM, DE)
Parents keep quiet on 'Maddie' blood stain reports (AFP, RTE)
Madeleine's Parents Are Suspects (IOL)
Maddie's parents mum on blood (N24)
Were Maddie's Parents Involved? (N24)
Portuguese Police Suspect Madeleine Was Murdered (So)
Portuguese Police Focus on Madeleine's Parents (CT)
GMC Blog : Kate and I managed an early morning run today. It was pleasantly cooler, with a refreshing breeze, which made a nice change. The media presence in Praia da Luz is at its greatest since the first couple of weeks, as is the amount of speculation and rumour regarding the investigation.
This morning we agreed to do a short, pooled interview that was made available to all broadcasters worldwide. We wanted to make it clear, that as far as we know, there is still absolutely no evidence that Madeleine has been seriously harmed and Kate and I have to believe she is still alive. The Portuguese police have assured us on numerous occasions that they are looking for Madeleine and not a corpse. Of course all possibilities are being considered and the police have to be certain before eliminating any of the scenarios. It is absolutely right that we are subject to the same high standards of investigation as anyone else. Kate and I have, and will continue to assist the police in every possible way.
We hope there is a breakthrough in the investigation very soon. In the meantime the campaign to keep the public involved in the search for Madeleine continues. We are always trying to think of ideas that will reach people who may not have heard of Madeleine's disappearance. I spent a couple of hours this afternoon working on forthcoming events but did manage to squeeze in a much-needed haircut!
We Believe Maddie IS Alive (TS, LE; LD, HS) We didn't kill our Madeleine (DE, DS)
Kate McCann 'being framed by Portuguese police' (DMa)
Blood trace may yield DNA clue to Madeleine's fate (G, SN)
Madeleine McCann's parents deny suspicions (T)
Detectives think Madeleine died in her parents' holiday apartment, reports say (WM, TSm) Drogheda Family Hit Out Over Madeleine Case Clue Coverage (DI)
Maddie: Cops looking for body (N24, IOL)
Cops fear U.K. girl, 4, killed, not kidnapped (NYDN)
GMC Blog : Kates parents left early this morning. We did a short interview on how our faith has helped us during the last 3 months since Madeleines abduction. Given the events of the last few days we need to draw even greater strength from our faith and everyone who has supported us.With the huge amount of media attention on us again it is very difficult to do anything with the kids without them being filmed and it is unfair on them. There is a huge amount of speculation in the media that Madeleine is dead, particularly with the obvious change in strategy of the investigation recently. At our meeting with the Portuguese police today we reaffirmed that we have to believe Madeleine is alive until there is concrete evidence to the contrary.
It is this belief that has driven everything we have done in relation to publicising Madeleine's disappearance over the last 3 months.
- où l'on voit pointer les insinuations contre la PJ, accusée clairement de fuites. Selon GMC, tout va bien dans le meilleur des mondes.
Madeleine: PJ inspector devalues news about an alleged defamation campaign against the parents (Lusa)
PJ close to reconstructing path of Maddie’s body (JN)
(Mcs) Interrogated separately. Investigation: Police makes examinations again (CDM, IOL)
Madeleine Parents 'Should Leave Portugal' (TS, T)
A Mother's Agony by Sandra Parsons (TT)
The police are conducting a smear campaign against Kate McCann, says friend (TT)
Truth, Lies And The Smearing Of The McCanns (TI)
McCann Friends Condemn 'Leaks From The Police' (TI, II)
Victims of smear campaign (LM)
Madeleine's Parents Hit Out At New Murder Reports (TSm)
Maddy parents' fury at murder suspects claim - (TSC)
GMC Blog : We did a series of pooled interviews for TV and the press. The focus was to discuss the launch of the YouTube channel Don’t you forget about me which we have devised in conjunction with Google and the International Center for Missing and Exploited Children. YouTube is used by tens of millions of people mainly in the 16-24 age group. We think this is an incredibly exciting innovation to raise awareness of missing children. The channel is launched at lunchtime today and will have other videos of missing children. Families and other agencies will be able to upload videos of children that will help to raise awareness of their disappearance.The rest of the interviews focussed on the events of the last week. We again emphasised that we do not know of any evidence that Madeleine has been seriously harmed and everything we have done is in the belief it is likely to increase the chances of finding her. Unfortunately the media attention has been very intrusive and we have taken the children out of kids club due to the disruption caused. We hope this settles down and the kids can get back into their routine which has kept them very settled in the last 98 days. It is a shame that the media attention has also impacted on other holidaymakers which we certainly dont want.
We did manage to have a quiet dinner with our family and the kids.
- Le soutien médiatique s'intensifie. La PJ est soupçonnée et la population locale accusée de harceler les MC. Tout cela contraste avec le ton détaché du blog de GMC.
McCanns: We Won't Be Bullied Out (TS, DM, DE, Dma, T, SN, ITN, LM, ETS, II, IOL)
Blundering Police Chief Under the Microscope (DM)
Smearing of the McCanns is shameful (LM)
McCanns stand firm against claims of locals’ ‘backlash’ (LE, YP, HS)
Just Vile Rumour (DR)
Madeleine's parents under renewed scrutiny (AFP)
GMC Blog : Today Kate and I did a series of TV interviews for Portuguese and foreign TV. It has always been very important to us that we speak to the Portuguese people directly since we are in their country and have received such tremendous support, particularly from the local community. We again talked about the YouTube channel Don’t You Forget Me which was launched yesterday. Naturally we were also asked about the events of this week, which has been incredibly difficult for us with wild speculation in the media. We have always been told that the police had an open mind about Madeleines abduction and that all scenarios were possible.
In the first few days after Madeleines disappearance it was so difficult for us not to imagine the worst case scenario: that she had been taken and murdered, particularly in light of the statistics on child abduction. However as the massive investigation and extensive search did not find any evidence of serious harm to Madeleine, we started to hope that she would be found alive. This belief has been encouraged by the police and reinforced by the experts at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children on my recent visit to Washington. There have been a number of children recovered, even after years of abduction, and whom the authorities had thought must be dead.
Everything we have done in the last 99 days in the campaign to help find Madeleine has been driven by fact that all our family and friends feel that there is a reasonable chance Madeleine is still alive. Kate and I, like all parents of missing children will always have that hope unless we see concrete evidence to the contrary. It is this hope that has sustained us along with the overwhelming support we have received from family, friends and well-wishers. As parents, we have always said we need to know what has happened to our daughter who has been such a massive part of our life. If the current police activity does uncover new evidence that Madeleine has been seriously harmed we should be the first to know.
We have always felt that the best chance of finding Madeleine is through the police investigation. We have done our best to get relevant information in to the enquiry, particularly from tourists who were in the Algarve around the time of her abduction. The fact that Madeleine could have been moved out of Portugal easily in the first few hours has been the reason the campaign has had to have an international dimension. One in six missing children in North America are found as a direct result of high awareness through distribution of posters and media exposure.
Tonight we attended the weekly vigil to pray for Madeleine and other missing children. These services have a calm serenity, which allow us to contemplate quietly. There was also a vigil in Rothley attended by family and friends. Tomorrow we will be marking the 100 day very quietly with a prayer service in Praia da Luz. Other family will be at the world pipe band chamionships in Glasgow and on the streets in Liverpool. A number of sporting events will also be marking the day.
- Les médias oscillent entre la défense inconditionnelle des MC et le blâme inconditionnel de la PJ qui ose ébruiter que MMC pourrait être morte.
GMC Blog : Day100. Just another day but a significant milestone that we prayed we would never have to face without Madeleine. The prayer service here in Praia da Luz had a huge media presence, but in no way being intrusive, all aligned outside. The service itself was fantastically well attended with a huge turnout from the local community, which was very important to us.
The service was very comforting. There were contributions from Kate and myself, our family, the Anglican and Portuguese communities. Haynes, the Anglican minister, said a few poignant words about the events of this week, which were very touching. We said prayers for Madeleine and other children who are suffering. Everyone in the congregation lit candles, which were placed on the altar. The message from the service was that although 100 days have passed we have not given up hope of finding Madeleine.
In the afternoon we went to a local swimming pool and play area with the kids and their cousins. They had a great time swimming, playing with tennis balls and generally messing around. Needless to say they also managed an ice cream! It has been really good for the twins having other children here, especially since they have not been to the kids club for a few days.We spoke to our family about the events in Glasgow and Liverpool. There was warm response at both venues and clearly many people are very happy to show support. Unfortunately we did not see any of the coverage on television. We did see highlights of the English premier league last night and note many of the clubs chose to wear Madeleine t-shirts and wristbands as well as playing the Don’t You Forget About Me video. There was also events at the rugby internationals and Ascot racecourse with 12 international jockeys wearing Madeleine t-shirts. The fact that so many people are prepared to show solidarity with us in our search for our daughter does help restore our faith in humanity.There was a statement from the Portuguese police today regarding the recent activity in the investigation and media speculation. They confirmed that there are new leads and that we are not suspects in Madeleines disappearance.Other tests are outstanding and Kate and I do hope that these take us forward in finding out who took Madeleine and where she is. Unfortunately we have to add patience to our other characteristics.