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29 Jan 2009

Clarence Mitchell: "Every penny has been spent in the hunt" (except for the mortgage payments of course)


By VERONICA LORRAINE

Published: Today

WELL-wishers donated almost £2million to the fund to find Madeleine McCann in the ten months after she vanished, it has emerged.

They gave almost £260-an-hour after Madeleine went missing aged three in Praia da Luz, Portugal, on May 3 2007, accounts lodged with Companies House show.

The figures, published for the first time, show parents Kate and Gerry, of Rothley, Leics, spent £761,668 on the search in those ten months.

Of that, £26,000 bought merchandise, £250,000 went on private detectives and £123,573 paid for campaign management. Legal fees cost £111,522 and £81,904 paid for posters and newspaper and TV ads.

A further £7,363 was spent on hotels, travel and subsistence, including their trips to Morocco and the US.

Family spokesman Clarence Mitchell said: “Every penny has been spent in the hunt.”
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Source: The Sun

The real cost of the search, however, was footed by the Portuguese

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