Madeleine McCann, who was born on 12th May 2003, disappeared on 3rd May 2007. Sh disappeared from her bed in a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, a resort in the Algarve region in Portugal. It was discovered that Maddie is missing after the parents returned back to the hotel room from dinner in the nearby restaurant.
According to one newspaper, it is “the most heavily reported missing-person case in modern history”.
Her mother, Kate McCann still buys Christmas presents for Maddie, and places them in her bedroom for her return.
There are already many gifts in her room which her mother hopes that Maddie will be able to open someday, according to Metro.
The pink room hasn’t been altered since the disappearance and now it has become a ‘shrine’ to Maddie. There are also some birthday presents, cards, and photos across the room.
Both parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, are still hopeful that their eldest child will return home, even though they have spent eleven Christmases without her.
Since the disappearance, there have been many investigations into the disappearance of the girl with the distinctive eye color. Her parents managed to keep Christmas fun for their other kids, Sean and Amelia but Mrs. McCann said that the period is ‘tinged with pain and longing’ for Maddie.
“Madeleine should be here and we should be celebrating with her. We have not lost hope that we may get to celebrate another Christmas with her,” she admitted.
The investigation is still active even though there is no trace of her in over ten years. There have not been any concrete arrests or convictions as well.
One suspect, 32-year-old Russian computer expert Sergey Malinka, has also announced the release of a ‘reveal all’ memoir of what he perceives to be a ‘flawed’ investigation. He has been questioned by the Portuguese police in 2007, after Maddie’s suspected abduction. He was interrogated in 2014 again, but by the British police. However, Malinka has been cleared of any involvement in the disappearance of Maddie.
Malinka disclosed on Sunday Express: “I have been driven to the point of dejection, being involved in a web of lies, betrayals and threats. The deceits of others have driven me to the edge of despair, sometimes to the point of no return, but time heals even the deepest wounds.”
He continued: “Now I am trying to rebuild my life from the wreckage left by this event. Ten years later I am about to become a father for the first time. My family is my life. I will no longer allow the lies of others to poison our future.”
Malinka has written the book Collateral Damage, with the assistance of co-creator David S. Jones.
Jones has commented on the book, that will be published in 2018, to the Sunday Express: “He came to me and asked if I would work with him, co-author a book he wants to write to let people know the truth about what happened. He wants his child to grow up not being named and blamed as the child of the Russian guy who was involved in the McCann saga.”
Russian immigrant Sergey Malinka, officially questioned in the Madeleine #McCann case, seeks to clear his name using KickStarter to raise funds to publish a book about his experiences.https://t.co/4Lr7bIasRQ pic.twitter.com/aeoHIYZRll
— UK Justice Forum (@Justice_forum) November 23, 2017
Of course, the book has provoked outrage among some people and its release is expected to upset the McCann family.
A source close to the McCanns disclosed for The Sun: “Sergey was made an arguido, an official suspect, as others were but after being questioned and having his home searched and computers seized police were satisfied he had no involvement whatsoever and he was released. So why is he now writing a book and trying to heap more misery on Kate and Gerry especially at Christmas time? It beggars belief and causes more distress for Madeleine’s parents.”