Maddie’s voice in a new video
Kate and Gerry McCann, the parents of the British child that disappeared on the 3rd of May 2007 in the Algarve, launched a video yesterday where Madeleine can be seen playing with her younger siblings. The film was recorded in December 2006, in the McCann family home in Rothley, in central England.
This is another request for help, made by the couple, to find their daughter Maddie. Nevertheless, this appeal from the McCann couple is different from the previous, as this is the first time that Madeleine McCann’s voice can be heard.
In this video, the couple opted not to appear in the film. According to the McCanns’ spokesman, Clarence Mitchell, Kate and Gerry didn’t want to appear in order not to influence the viewing of the video and because it “speaks for itself”.
Still, a message from Maddie’s parents accompanies the image of the little girl playing with her siblings. “Christmas is a time for children. Please help bring our daughter back”, the McCann couple appeals, adding: “This is our second Christmas without Madeleine. Please help us make sure we don’t have a third.”
Madeleine McCann disappeared from the apartment at the Ocean Club, in Praia da Luz, Lagos, when she was sleeping in the company of her two brothers. She was three years old when she disappeared.
“This resembles a toy campaign”
Gonçalo Amaral, a former PJ inspector and coordinator in the Maddie case, when questioned by CM about the divulging of this new video from the McCann couple to find their daughter, stated that there is clearly “a need to feed the idea that the child is still alive”. “They need to admit, once and for all, that the little girl is dead”, he said. The author of the book ‘The Truth of the Lie’, a work inspired in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, also compared this new film with Christmas toy campaigns. “This resembles more a Christmas toy campaign than the search for a child”, he said. The PJ inspector also lamented that “the videos of the child’s disappearance and about the motive for said disappearance were never divulged, because that would help the investigation, and it would help very much”.
source: Correio da Manhã, 22.12.2008