Kate McCann has laid out 15th birthday presents in her daughter Madeleine’s bedroom in the hope that one day she’ll come home to open them. A pile of gifts are being kept in Maddie’s pink room, which has remained untouched since she disappeared more than 11 years ago.
It has now become a shrine to her and is full of untouched Christmas and birthday presents that have been left over the last decade. Mrs McCann, who is a former GP, is said to have carefully chosen gifts to reflect the teenager’s age. Speaking to The Sun, Maddie’s great uncle Brian Kennedy said: ‘It would be lovely to have a celebration one day. We never lose hope.’
In October 2007 the McCanns put out a sketch of the Tannerman but Mr Totman had already told the Guarda Nacional Republicana in May that it was probably him but they kept looking for the suspect.
It was only in 2011 after Scotland Yard took over the investigation that Det Chief Insp Andy Redwood, who led the probe from Britain, described a 'moment of revelation' when they became 'almost certain this sighting [Tannerman] is not the abductor.'
After this the Met went on the hunt for the so-called 'Smithman' - a man seen carrying a child away from the Ocean Club resort by Irish tourist Martin Smith.
She told The Sun: 'My husband had told the local police it could be him but we didn't hear anything for years.
'We always thought it was Julian who was seen by Jane Tanner. But the national police who investigated didn't get back to us and we don't know if our information was ever passed on.'
An explosive report from US publication The National Enquirer has today claimed to have confirmed Madeleine McCann was 'stolen by traffickers' from her family's hotel room in Portugal in 2007, an investigation has revealed.
The National Enquirer's investigation has today claimed to have 'cracked the most famous missing persons case,' and has learned Scotland Yard has identified a 'person of significance' in the 11-year-old mystery.
According to the publication, law enforcement have travelled to Bolivia to track down the suspected culprit.
Psychologist and sex trafficking expert Remi Alli told the Enquirer, 'Scotland Yard isn't giving up on this case! Why? Because they know how to recognise sex trafficking and they've noticed a pattern.'