Kate and Gerry McCann are still hoping she will be found alive, 14 years after she disappeared on vacation in Portugal in 2007, days before her fourth birthday.
They said in a poignant message: “We love you and wait for you. “
The devoted Kate and Gerry celebrated their daughter Madeleine’s 18th birthday on Wednesday by leaving cards and gifts in her room, untouched since her disappearance 14 years ago.
The couple posted a photo of themselves on the Find Madeleine campaign Facebook page, writing alongside, “Happy 18th birthday Madeleine.
“We love you and we are waiting for you and we will never give up. “
Kate, 53, and Gerry, 52, had asked friends to mark the day in a low-key way.
The Facebook post came a week after marking the “particularly moving” 14th anniversary of her disappearance.
Madeleine disappeared from her family’s vacation apartment in the Algarve resort of Praia da Luz days before her fourth birthday in May 2007.
Prosecutors want to question German pedophile Christian Brueckner about his disappearance and claim to have evidence of his death.
But Kate and Gerry, 53, of Rothley, Leics, refuse to give up hope that Madeleine is still alive and will one day be found.
In another post on the Find Madeleine page last week, they said they “needed to find out what had happened to our adorable daughter.”
The Scotland Yard hunt for Madeleine’s kidnapper continues, with four detectives still working on Operation Grange.
A high-level summit between German, British and Portuguese detectives is due to take place in Lisbon this summer.
The Mirror revealed in January that the cops are launching a push to find the “missing piece of the puzzle” that could trap Brueckner.
German and Portuguese investigators are to conduct further interviews with key Algarve witnesses who knew him.
Brueckner, 44, was named the prime suspect in Madeleine’s disappearance by German prosecutors last June.
They believe he abducted and killed the three-year-old.
He is currently serving a seven-year sentence in a Hanover prison for raping a pensioner in Praia da Luz in 2005.
His lawyer Friedrich Fulscher insists that the German has nothing to do with the youngster’s disappearance.
Last week, the couple posted on Facebook: “Every May is tough – a reminder of years gone by, years together lost or stolen.
“This year, it’s particularly moving because we should be celebrating Madeleine’s 18th birthday. Enough said.
“The Covid pandemic has made this year even more difficult for many reasons, but luckily the investigation to locate Madeleine and her captor has continued.
“We still hope, however small, to see Madeleine again.
“As we have said many times, we need to know what happened to our adorable daughter no matter what.
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“We are very grateful to the police for their continued efforts.
“We still receive so many positive words and good wishes despite the years that have passed.
“It all helps and we really appreciate it – thank you. Kate and Gerry.