McCanns' anguish over 'cruel' publication of letter

McCanns' anguish over 'cruel' publication of letter
15 June 2007
Liverpool Echo

PORTUGUESE police are still investigating the contents of an anonymous letter which said Madeleine McCann was buried under rocks just nine miles from where she was abducted.

But her parents Liverpool-born Kate and husband Gerry were today trying carry on as normal, taking care of two-year-old twins Sean and Amelie.

Mr McCann has slammed Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf for publishing details of the letter before Portuguese police had a chance to investigate.

He described the decision as "insensitive and cruel" and said he and his wife Kate were deeply upset by what had happened.

Speculation reached fever pitch yesterday after scrubland north of the village of Odiaxere was highlighted as a possible crime scene.

TV crews, photographers and journalists poured into the area but there was no sign of a formal search.

The area is just nine miles from Praia da Luz, the resort where the family were staying when Madeleine went missing.

Police spokesman Olegario Sousa said police were taking the claim seriously, but insisted it was just one of a number of leads being looked at.

He said they would only start searching an area if a precise location was identified.

Find Madeleine McCann campaigners in Liverpool are holding a fundraising balloon release this weekend.

Merseyside Chief Constable Bernard Hogan-Howe will release the first balloon from the city's highest point, Mossley Hill Field on Mossley Hill Road, from 2pm on Sunday.

People will be able to buy a balloon for £1, with all the money going directly to the Find Madeleine Appeal.

Volunteers who are willing to help out by preparing balloons should meet at Mossley Hill Athletic Club from 10am.

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