Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

WELL TAKE MADDY HUNT OVER EUROPE - Plea by Maddys Parents to Treat Suspect as Innocent; Parents Vow to Keep Up the Search

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

WELL TAKE MADDY HUNT OVER EUROPE - Plea by Maddys Parents to Treat Suspect as Innocent; Parents Vow to Keep Up the Search

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THE parents of missing Madeleine McCann today vowed to travel wherever is necessary in their quest to get their daughter back.

Gerry McCann and wife Kate said they were prepared to cross Europe to imprint the four-year-olds image in peoples minds in the hope that she will be found.

The couple said they were nowhere near ready to go home to Leicestershire without their daughter, who vanished 19 days ago in the Algarve.

In a highly emotional session in front of up to 60 journalists at Praia da Luz, they said they were keeping details of the police investigation out of mind, but pleaded for suspect Robert Murat to be treated as innocent until proven guilty.

Clutching his wifes hand, consultant Mr McCann, who returned to Portugal today from a brief visit home, said: I was very touched by the outpouring Continued from Page 1 of public support I felt during the visit to my familys home town yesterday. It was extremely difficult to leave here without Kate. When I went into Rothley I should have been coming home as a family of five.Mrs McCann, her voice trembling, said: It was quite moving for me to see Gerry in Rothley yesterday, to see the love and help he was receiving from people there.

He told me about the overwhelming support he received. The love and messages he received are very moving. Both of us are really grateful for all the support weve had

it gives us strength and keeps us focused on the positive and I cant emphasise that enough.The couple said they would not be hiring private investigators at the moment as they were certain inquiries were being carried out to their absolute satisfaction.They revealed they would tomorrow be making a pilgrimage to the shrine at Fatima to pray for Madeleines return and that they were prepared to travel throughout the world to spread the net as far as possible.

Asked about Mr Murat, Mr McCann, 38, said: We do not want to comment about him.

But we would ask that people treat suspects here as we have been taught to in Britain

that they be treated as innocent until they are proven guilty. …

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