KATE AND Gerry McCann, the parents of missing child Madeleine McCann, have said it is a "huge comfort" to know that she is still in the minds and hearts of people on the fifteenth anniversary of her disappearance.
Today marks fifteen years since the child went missing while holidaying in Praia Da Luz in Portugal. She would be due to turn 19 this month.
On Monday, her parents shared a statement alongside a quote from Winnie the Pooh author AA Milne which read: "But the most important thing is, even if we're apart, I'll always be with you."
In the message on the Official Find Madeleine Campaign Facebook page, they wrote:
"This year we mark 15 years since we last saw Madeleine.
"It feels no harder than any other but no easier either. It's a very long time.
"Many people talk about the need for 'closure'. It's always felt a strange term. Regardless of outcome, Madeleine will always be our daughter and a truly horrific crime has been committed. These things will remain.
"Officers continue to investigate the case and our dedicated team are still working closely with law enforcement colleagues from the Portuguese Policia Judiciária as well as the German Bundeskriminalamt.
"At this time, the case remains a missing person’s enquiry and all involved are committed to doing what we can to find answers."