The parents of Madeleine McCann have revealed the coronavirus pandemic has impacted the ongoing investigation into their daughter’s disappearance.
“There’s no doubt that 2020 has been tough for most people, and often distressing, with so much loss, worry and isolation,” Mrs and Mr McCann wrote.
The post explained both Mrs and Mr McCann lost a parent this year, though said they were “more fortunate than many”, given their family and jobs.
The coronavirus pandemic also impacted the investigation into their daughter’s 2007 disappearance, though they assured the investigation is still ongoing.
“Understandably, the investigation to find Madeleine has been forced to slow down as a result of the pandemic,” the parents said.
“It hasn’t stopped however and the hope, energy and determination to find her and uncover the truth remain steadfast.”
Parents previously shared tragedy of being away from daughter
This isn’t the first time the family has used the campaign to touch on the pandemic.
In a post marking 13 years since Madeleine’s abduction, the family relating their pain of not seeing their daughter, to what most of the world was feeling.
“We are very conscious that many families around the world are experiencing similar feelings at this time… being separated from each other and with many having lost loved ones prematurely and unexpectedly,” the parents wrote.
“There will also be many vulnerable people whose situation will have become even more precarious in the current lockdown conditions, with fear, worry and isolation - emotions that we dreaded Madeleine experiencing and which haunted us for a long time - and still do on occasions.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with all those suffering at this time.”
Throughout the course of the year, the McCanns have expressed their gratitude towards the authorities continuing their investigation.
In June, 2020 police released the name of a convicted sex offender who is suspected of killing Madeleine.
Lead investigator Hans Christian Wolters told the BBC in December last year, he is “very confident” on eventually charging jailed sex offender Christian Brueckner over the British girl’s death.
"If you knew the evidence we had you would come to the same conclusion as I do,” he said.
“What we have so far doesn't allow any other conclusion at all.”
Madeleine was three-years-old when she vanished from her holiday apartment in the Portuguese resort of Praia da Luz in 2007.
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