says mum Kate as third anniversary of disappearance nears
Apr 29 2010 By Paul Byrne
KATE McCANN has written an emotional letter to mark the third anniversary of the disappearance of her daughter Madeleine.
In it, she vows never to give up the search, promising: "We will not be going away and will never stop looking."
And she says she and husband Gerry are still searching for the "key piece of information" that will solve the mystery of their girl's abduction.
Madeleine went missing from a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal, on May 3, 2007, days before her fourth birthday.
Kate reveals how her twins, Sean and Amelie, who were two at the time, often talk about their "big sister".
She writes: "They are just fantastic. They are enjoying school and are incredibly happy children - and really funny.
"Madeleine remains a hugely significant person in their life. She appears in their role-play, in their conversations and in their prayers at night."
Kate also reveals details of the new life the family have settled into: "We have reached a new kind of normality. Gerry works full-time at the hospital and concentrates on 'Madeleine-work' in the evening when the children have gone to sleep.
"I have not returned to medical work but spend my 'working day' dealing with the campaign to find Madeleine. This set-up also gives me the flexibility to support Sean and Amelie as much as I can.
"The work to find Madeleine continues on a daily basis. Every day, both the investigation and the campaign go on."
Kate adds: "We will continue to request a review of all the information held and hope that in the coming months, the governments and law enforcement agencies will work together to achieve this.
"In the meantime, we will continue with our work, knowing that there's somebody out there who knows what's happened to Madeleine and where she is.
"As long a period as three years sounds, it's incredibly small when compared to a lifetime. It's those many, many years ahead with Madeleine that we long for and aim towards. The effort of perseverance pales into insignificance compared to a reward so precious.
"We will not be going away and will never stop looking. We will press on with the same commitment and tenacity, for as long as it takes."