Madeleine McCann anniversary 'last chance' to appeal for information
The first anniversary of Madeleine McCann’s disappearance is the “last chance” to raise her profile on an international stage, her father said. (Except for the Christmas 2008 Appeal which was another "last chance", before the "last chance" second anniversary appeal and the "last chance" Christmas 2009 Appeal...)
By Caroline Gammell in Praia da Luz
Last Updated: 8:24PM BST 02 May 2008
Gerry McCann and wife Kate have gone on a media offensive to highlight their missing daughter in the days leading up to May 3, 12 months after she vanished from their holiday apartment in the Algarve.
Knowing that the media spotlight would be on them as the anniversary approached, the couple have used the milestone to appeal for information.
“This is the last chance in terms of international reach,” Mr McCann told ITN.
“We have got to appeal as far and as wide as possible. We need that reach with the focus at this time.”
In back-to-back television and print interviews, the couple was repeatedly asked why they left Madeleine in the unlocked apartment and how they cope with the criticism of that decision.
Mr McCann, 39, said: “We can’t change things, if we had known it wasn’t safe, we never would have left her.
(Kate's Maddie holiday premonition)
“We can’t change that fact and we have to live with that on a daily basis. We don’t need reminding.”
Mrs McCann, 40, added: “Hindsight is a wonderful thing. I couldn’t love Madeleine any more than I do. If we had had any idea there was an element of risk, then we wouldn’t have done it.
(Kate McCann: "They'd been watching us for a matter of days, I'm sure")
“There's been an evil crime committed here, a hideous crime. It's just so important to concentrate on that.
"We've got to live with ourselves for that misjudgement but really the focus should be on that person who's out there."
Mr and Mrs McCann, from Rothley in Leicestershire, said they still believe Madeleine is still alive.
To coincide with the anniversary, the couple have released a new missing poster and a telephone number to contact with information.
Mr McCann said he feared his daughter’s abductor might strike again: “That person's still out there and will probably do this again.”
The couple said moments in the last year had proved “almost unbearable”, but they had sought strength from their other two children, three-year-old twins Sean and Amelie.
Mrs McCann told GMTV: “We have had moments when it all gets too much and you would like to pull a duvet over but you can’t. You have to keep going.
“It’s Madeleine and the rest of the family that drives you on.”
Her husband added: “There are days and nights when you think I just don’t want to wake up tomorrow, I can’t take it any more.
“We get strength from each other and support each other and the family.”
Gonçalo Amaral: The Maddie Affair: The parents did it
Maddie: The DVD Files (analysed on the 3 arguidos ages ago)
The McCanns' destructive mafia-style tactics (financed with the fraudulent fund)The most shocking crime stories of 2008
The 3 Arguidos forum continues to focus on "the person out there"