Madeleine McCann’s parents’ ‘Groundhog Day’ as they spend 15th Christmas without her

Madeleine McCann’s parents’ ‘Groundhog Day’ as they spend 15th Christmas without her

The parents of missing Madeleine McCann told of how the search for their ­daughter is a “bit like Groundhog Day” as they spent their 15th Christmas without her.

Kate and Gerry, both 53, said “work and progress” continues on the global hunt – but with “no significant” developments.

In a festive message to supporters, they said: “It feels a little bit like Groundhog Day with Covid and its requirement for ­social distancing and face masks, and sadly more ­suffering for many.

“We’d all hoped and probably expected things to be quite different by now. It’s a little similar in some ways with the investigation to find Madeleine.”

The message on their website,, added: “This is our 15th Christmas without Madeleine and yet we still receive so many kind words of encouragement and support, not to mention the many cards. Amazing and ­humbling – thank you so much.”

It’s been nearly 15 years since she vanished and has not been seen since

Christian Brueckner

Madeleine was three when she ­disappeared from the family’s holiday apartment at the Ocean Club complex in Praia da Luz, Portugal, in 2007.

German prosecutors say they are sure she was abducted and murdered by paedophile Christian Brueckner – who has always denied the allegations.

The jailed 45-year-old was named as the prime suspect in June 2020, after mobile records placed him in the area of the resort the night Madeleine vanished.

And an ex-pal told German police Brueckner admitted in 2008 that he was involved in her disappearance.

Cops are said to have tried to get a confession out of the rapist by sending an undercover investigator posing as a lag into his jail.

Prosecutors said “no comment” when asked about the alleged “sting”.

Investigations into her disappearance continue all these years later

The Met are “working closely” with Portuguese and German cops. Commissioner Cressida Dick said they will carry on “until there is nothing left to do”.

Kate and Gerry, of Rothley, Leics, try to keep the festive season as normal as possible for their twins Sean and Amelie, 16.

Kate previously said: “Madeleine should be here… But we have not lost hope that we may get to celebrate ­another Christmas with her.”

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