On the eve of the five-year anniversary of their daughter’s disappearance, the parents of Madeleine McCann said Wednesday there is a “very good chance” that she will be found alive.
The three-year-old British girl went missing from her family’s rented apartment during a vacation in Portugal on May 3, 2007. Last week, Metropolitan Police in London released an age-progressed image of what Madeleine might look like now. Her ninth birthday would be May 12.
In new interviews, parents Kate and Gerry McCann have said they are optimistic now that the new image is out there and Metropolitan Police are reviewing the original investigation.
“We’re more hopeful now of finding Madeleine than we have been at any point since the early days after she was taken,” Gerry McCann said Wednesday, according to the Telegraph.
In an interview on ITV Wednesday, Kate McCann said there is a good chance that Madeleine is alive and there is “no evidence to the contrary,” adding that other cases have demonstrated that people missing for a long time are sometimes found.
She cited recent reports about Steve Carter, a Philadelphia man who saw an age-progressed photo of himself on the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children website and discovered that his father reported him missing more than 30 years ago.
Reflecting on the family’s efforts to adjust to “a new normality” in the time that has passed since Madeleine disappeared, Gerry McCann told ITV. “In some ways it’s been the longest five years and the quickest five years of our lives.”
Though authorities in Portugal said last week that they did not plan to re-open the case at this time, the McCanns believe it will happen eventually.
According to BBC News, Gerry McCann said, “The only way everyone will be able to move on is for the case to be solved… Until then, it’s not going to go away. It can’t go away.”
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