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Madeleine McCann’s parents skip vigil on 17th anniversary of her disappearance

Madeleine McCann’s parents did not attend a prayer vigil for their daughter on the 17th anniversary of her disappearance.

Kate and Gerry McCann were instead on a “much-needed” long weekend at a secret location, according to a family member.


The Reverend Robert Gladstone of the local parish church read a message from the couple.

It read: “’Good evening, we are sorry that we cannot be with you tonight, but we thank you for coming together and wanting to share your hope for Madeleine and other missing children.

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Madeleine McCann’s parents do not attend vigil (not pictured) on 17th anniversary of her disappearance

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“It has been 17 years since Madeleine was taken from us. It’s hard to even say that number without shaking your head in disbelief.”

In words that mirror an earlier social media post made that day, they added: “While we are fortunate in many ways and can now live a relatively normal and pleasant life, ‘living in limbo’ is still very disturbing. And the absence still hurts.”

Meanwhile, a young woman claiming to be Madeleine strangely appeared at the vigil.

The “Maddie Faker”, Julia Wandelt, 22, traveled from Poland to attend, hoping to speak to Kate and Gerry.

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Accompanied by a friend, Wandelt held a letter she wanted to deliver to the couple and later stated she was “disappointed” they didn’t show up.

After the 45-minute service, she said: “I’m Madeleine McCann. I have never stopped believing it and I came here because I want to ask Kate and Gerry to take a DNA test. “They have done nothing to prove that I am not their daughter.”

And she added: “No, I’m not crazy. I am not a liar.”

Later, church representatives and family members became aware of his presence.

Kate’s uncle, Brian Kennedy, was one of around 50 people packed into the Baptist Church in their home village of Rothley, Leicestershire.

“We increasingly hope that this annual occasion will be the last. The search for Madeleine continues,” she said at the service, as candles were lit in her memory.

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Madeleine disappeared while on holiday with her parents in Parai da Luz, Portugal, after the McCanns left the three-year-old alone with her two younger siblings while they went out to dinner with friends.

May 12 also marks his 21st birthday.

Earlier this week, Home Secretary Lord Sharpe of Epsom announced fresh cash injection of up to £192,000 into the investigation.

He also revealed that the Metropolitan Police had spent £13.2 million investigating the high-profile case.

Christian Brueckner, the main suspect in the three-year-old girl’s disappearance, is currently facing trial in the German city of Braunschweig for crimes unrelated to Madeleine.

The convicted sex offender is on trial for the rape of a woman in her 70s at her home in the Algarve and for the rape and sexual assault of a teenage girl.

Brueckner has consistently denied any involvement in Maddie’s disappearance.