Who are Madeleine McCann’s parents Kate and Gerry? – The Sun
MADELEINE McCann's parents Kate and Gerry have never stopped searching for their little girl ever since she went missing 13 years ago in Portugal.
But the couple have received terrible news that their Madeleine is dead, after German police revealed they have evidence to prove it.
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Who are Kate and Gerry McCann?
Madeleine's parents Kate and Gerry are both practising Catholics who met in Glasgow in 1993.
Kate became a GP after studying medicine at the University of Dundee while Gerry has been a consultant cardiologist since 2005.
The couple got married in 1998 before having their first child, Madeleine, in 2003.
They also have twin children, a boy and a girl, who were born in 2005 and live in Rothley, Leicestershire.
Kate and Gerry had been married for nine years when Madeleine disappeared on the night of May 3, 2007.
Are Kate and Gerry still together?
Shortly after Madeleine vanished, Kate said their marriage nearly broke down as she withdrew into herself.
She stopped reading, playing music or even having sex with her husband Gerry.
And the couple were gripped by the fear that a paedophile may have taken their daughter.
Writing about that period in her autobiography, Kate said: "Tortured as I was by these images, it's not surprising that even the thought of sex repulsed me.
"I worried about Gerry and me. I worried that if I didn't get our sex life on track our whole relationship would break down."
Kate went on to credit Gerry's understanding and the couple's resilience for the endurance of their marriage.
They remain together to this day, despite the stresses of intense media scrutiny on their lives.
Why did they become the centre of scrutiny?
When three-year-old Madeleine vanished from the family's Praia da Luz holiday apartment on the Algarve, Gerry and Kate were dining with friends in a nearby restaurant.
Within 24 hours of their child's disappearance, they held a press conference to make the first in a string of public appeals to help find Madeleine.
In the intervening years, the couple have constantly kept the search alive for their daughter.
Over the course of the investigation, they have both been considered "persons of interest".
A Netflix documentary released in March 2019 called The Disappearance Of Madeleine McCann drew the couple back into public attention, despite their refusal to be involved in or with the film.
What is the latest?
A breakthrough in the case was revealed in June 2020, as a German prisoner, known as Christian B, was named as the prime suspect.
New findings show that the man had 30-minute phone call an hour before Madeleine vanished.
Scotland Yard – who are running the Operation Grange investigation into the youngster's disappearance – revealed he has been linked with a campervan that had been spotted in the area days beforehand.
A statement on the Facebook page, run on behalf of Kate and Gerry, posted a message stated: "We welcome the appeal today regarding the disappearance of our daughter, Madeleine.
"We would like to thank the police forces involved for their continued efforts in the search for Madeleine.
"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.
"We will be making no further comment regarding the appeal today.
"We would like to thank the general public for their ongoing support and encourage anyone who has information directly related to the appeal, to contact the police."
German police described the suspect as white with short blond hair, possibly fair, and around 6ft tall with a slim build – who has 17 convictions across Europe and is being investigated for a number of other missing children.
But cops in Germany claim they have evidence that proves Madeleine is dead, but have yet to reveal how they know to the parents.
Prime suspect Christian B “denies any involvement” in the McCann case.
Operation Grange began in 2011 and so far it has cost nearly £12million with the continued funding coming from Special Grant funding, which is available to forces that face exceptional costs.
It is run from a Met Police branch station in Putney, South West London, and is staffed by five officers.
Metropolitan Police chief Cressida Dick confirmed on May 3, 2019, that the force had applied for more money from the Home Office to continue its Operation Grange search for Madeleine.
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