At the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, President Ernie Allen said Dugard's reappearance was celebrated as the kind of story advocates work to make happen, whether by asking the public to report suspicious activity or by pushing police to keep working cases.
"It's really important that these cases not be closed until we know with certainty what happened to them," Allen said. (unless that person is Madeleine McCann, of course)
Source: Fox News: Kidnapped Girl's Story Gives Hope to Some Parents
Clearly Ernie didn't tell Gerry McCann that Maddie's case should remain open until it is known what happened to her or Gerry would have done summat about it.
Snippet from Gerry's blog
Day 210 - 29/11/2007
Given some of the unhelpful comments recently about the media's role in helping find missing children I would like to quote Ernie Allen. Ernie has been president of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children for the last 25 years. We just have to continue to do everything possible to find that one, key piece of evidence, and then follow it to Madeleine. There is no more likely source of that information than some average, caring, alert citizen (or dog, Gerry, don't forget the dogs), somewhere in the world, informed and motivated by a photo or intense media coverage of a missing child.
Eddie, a likely source to find Madeleine
So, with that thought in mind - "pushing the police to keep working cases" - please sign the Petition to request the Portuguese Ministry to re-open Maddie's case.
I bet you won't see a McCann name on the petition: ask yourself why.