MADELEINE McCann’s parents have posted a poignant tribute to mark their daughter’s 19th birthday today – telling her: “We love you and we’re waiting for you and we’re never going to give up.”
Madeleine’s parents are marking her 19th birthday today[/caption]
Kate and Gerry McCann have never given up hope[/caption]
The message accompanies a cherished last photo of her as a three-year-old, beaming in a floppy sunhat and the word “Hope.”
Earlier, it was reported the couple would mark the occasion at home with their twins Sean and Amelie, now aged 17.
The couple have never given up hope Madeleine could still be alive after she vanished in Praia da Luz, Portugal, in 2007.
A source close to the family said: “Another birthday comes and still Kate and Gerry have no idea what happened to their daughter, and if she dead or alive and still out there waiting to be found.
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“It is a difficult time for them but they will remember Madeleine with a quiet celebration behind closed doors.
“There will be gifts, prayers, cake, fond memories and above all hope.”
The couple have bought gifts for their daughter over the years in case she ever comes home.
They have also kept presents from family members and well-wishers at their home in Rothley, Leics.
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Madeleine’s 19th birthday is doubly poignant this year as it has been 15 years since she was last seen.
Brave Kate fought back tears last week as she read a poem to mark the painful anniversary.
She said: “Survival can be summed up three words.
“Never give up. That’s the heart of it really, just keep trying.
“Sometimes you have to get knocked down, Lower than you have ever been.
“To stand up taller than you ever were. Perseverance is stubbornness.”
It comes as police confirmed prime suspect Christian B, 45, will not be charged soon despite new evidence.
German detectives probing the disappearance confirmed they had unearthed crucial clues.
They linked Madeleine to a campervan driven by Christian B — now in jail for raping a pensioner.
Investigator Hans Christian Wolters said it was possible he “bought” Madeleine from an accomplice who stole her from parent’s apartment.
He added: “We’re sure he’s the murderer.
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“There’s no other person.”
Cops in Portugal have decided they will continue to investigate Madeleine’s disappearance despite the Met Police ending its probe.
Madeleine was last seen in Portugal in 2007[/caption]
Emotional Kate read a poem last week to mark the 15th anniversary of her daughter’s disappearance[/caption]
The couple still buy presents for their daughter[/caption]