A year after with still no progress, Madeleine’s parents appeal for prayers
An appeal for an increased prayers marked the first year anniversary of the highly-publicized and controversial disappearance of Madeleine McCann as there are still no significant developments or leads on the whereabouts of the British girl, the BBC News recently reported (“Pray like mad for our Madeleine,” 2008).
Exactly one year after Madeleine reportedly disappeared from the McCann’s holiday apartment in the Portuguese resort of Praia da Luz, mother Kate McCann appealed to religious persons present during the 30-minute service at Rothley’s Anglican Parish Church of St. Mary and St. John to “pray like mad” for Madeleine’s whereabouts and safe return, added the online BBC News quoting both the Portuguese (Polícia Judiciária) and British Police. (“Pray like mad for our Madeleine,” 2008).
Although Police investigators have not discounted the McCann couple as suspects in the case, they repeatedly denied any involvement and continued their series of media appearances even just before the event’s poignant one year anniversary last May 3. Unfortunately, the painful one year landmark has not resulted into anything important that could have led to the recovery of Madeleine, causing her parents depend on prayers to save the girl who turned 12 years old on May 12. As the McCanns survived their daughter’s disappearance by not finding fault at each other, they have appealed on Polícia Judiciária to open up their records and investigate further the case in order to determine a definite lead. The couple also noted the evident “unsustainable” media coverage but still hoped that it will result in the waning of attention on them and not on the case (“Pray like mad for our Madeleine,” 2008).
Police records showed that Madeleine disappeared inside their unlocked family apartment in a Portuguese resort after she and her twin siblings were left by their parents on the night of May 3, 2007. The McCann couple claimed that their children were left unsupervised inside the apartment because they went to a nearby restaurant. Although they have stressed in previous investigations that they alternately checked on their children, the McCanns, however, have recognized and accepted the criticisms hurled against them for allegedly being irresponsible. They have also expressed their feelings of guilt over the loss of their child and hoped for her safety and recovery. Thereafter, witnesses’ accounts and many investigations conducted by both the British and Portuguese Police as well as an increased media coverage turned futile as Madeleine is still missing a year after she was last seen alive (“Disappearance of Madeleine McCann,” 2008).
Two leads to the case of Madeleine McCann were earlier reported, which were being closely monitored by the Portuguese Police. These leads include “an abduction by an international pedophile network or an abduction by an adoption network” (“Disappearance of Madeleine McCann,” 2008). Citing the news report of The London Daily Mail, Fox News said that an unidentified British pedophile was placed under investigation as a suspect in the case. The reported suspect is one of the many British pedophiles who are connected to the resort where Madeleine disappeared, added the Fox News (“British Pedophile Suspected in Madeleine McCann Abduction,” 2007).
Just like the numerous publicized but unsolved abductions that happened in other parts of the world, the Madeleine McCann disappearance was also noted for its many inconsistencies coming from various witnesses and suspects. The apparent conflicting testimonies of witnesses and even by the McCann couple, as well as the missing links in the police investigation have allegedly jeopardize the case, rendering Madeleine’s body or any lead as to her whereabouts as irretrievable (“Disappearance of Madeleine McCann,” 2008).
The Madeleine McCann’s disappearance became so special as a result of an increased yet intense coverage by the local and foreign media, as well the strong responses coming from various sectors. It is worthwhile to note that the Madeleine disappearance was marked because of the comprehensiveness and length of media coverage which eventually was proven effective. In his interview with The Independent, Martin Brunt (2007) of Sky News acknowledged that the media coverage of the disappearance case has failed. “…We were in some ways over-sympathetic. We kind of adopted the tone and the language that the family did. I think we perhaps lost our objectivity a bit, we became a bit too subjective about the story,” says Brunt (Brunt, 2007).
The significance of the case was also due to the progressive and publicized participation of the victim’s parents as well as the various consciousness-increasing crusades by famous personalities and sectors or groups. In addition, the case was noticeably special because of its controversy as regards the reported suspicious behavior of Madeleine’s parents, Gerry and Kate. Authorities have dragged the McCanns as suspects in the case apparently due to their unusual conducts and responses making them allegedly having a hand in the disappearance or even the still unconfirmed death of Madeleine. Earlier reports have quoted the McCanns denying any involvement in the disappearance or the accidental killing of their daughter (“Disappearance of Madeleine McCann,” 2008).
Moreover, because of the relevance of Madeleine’s disappearance with so many child abductions worldwide, it likewise created an increased attention and reaction coming from both local and an international media as well as other prominent people or bodies. These are evident with the creation of the Madeleine web site, publication of book, release of videos, airing of television and film documentaries, online networking, concern from politicians or government officials as well as sports teams (“Response to the disappearance of Madeleine McCann,” 2008). The most noticeable of them all was the prayer by Pope Benedict XVI himself which was committed by the pontiff during an audience by the McCann couple at the Vatican (Walker, 2007).
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