MADELEINE McCann’s parents have turned down help from a psychic to track down their daughter who has been missing for 12 years.
Kate, 51, and Gerry, 50, insisted they still have "complete confidence in Scotland Yard" as the investigation into the possible abduction continues.
PA:Press Association7 Maddie's disappearance still remains a mystery 12 years on
Three-year-old Maddie vanished from a holiday apartment in Portugal’s Praia da Luz in 2007 – but her disappearance still remains a mystery.
Despite millions being spent on the case, no one has been convicted and the hunt for Maddie continues.
Maddie’s parents have never given up hope.
To mark the 12th anniversary of Maddie’s disappearance, the family shared a message saying: “Thank you to everyone who continues to support us and for your ongoing hope and belief.
“For as long as it takes.”
PA:Press Association7 Kate and Gerry are determined to find out what happened to their daughter Maddie
7 Maddie’s parents turned down help from a psychic to track down their daughter
One Facebook user bizarrely suggested using a spirit medium to help in the search.
Marianne Pilkington wrote: “I hope that you will find your daughter very soon.
“Like I have suggested before, can you find a good, discreet psychic medium to help you?
“Seeing as the police have made such an absolute balls of it a medium may be more use to you in helping you to locate her whereabouts now.”
The reply read: “Gerry and Kate do not believe in psychics or medium. They have complete confidence in Scotland Yard.”
It comes after Maddie's parents voiced their concerns that their daughter’s kidnapper may go into hiding after claims cops are closing in on a suspect.
Maddie’s family hit out at reports that German child killer Martin Ney was a new “person of interest” – claims which have since been branded false in the Portuguese press.
While it appears that the convicted triple-murderer Ney is not being investigated – it is still not clear if police are actually closing in another suspect.
Brian Kennedy, Maddie’s great uncle, said the family are upset that names of alleged suspects have been publicly revealed saying it is “not very helpful”.
Speaking with The Sun Online, he said: "If police start broadcasting names of suspects it will only send them running.”
The retired headmaster said such revelations could enable the suspect time to “get away”.
He added: “That’s the thing… let people know there is a potential new lead and then let that person of interest get away. It’s very frustrating.”
If police start broadcasting names of suspects it will only send them running
Maddie's great uncle Brian
Former Portuguese detective Goncalo Amaral, who led the initial bungled probe into the case, sparked claims Hamburg-born Ney was the new suspect.
Ney, dubbed the “masked man”, sometimes entered the apartments or tents of his victims wearing a mask.
The child killer resembles a man seen acting suspiciously outside Maddie’s apartment by tourist Carole Tranmer on the day the child was snatched.
But leading Portuguese tabloid Correio da Manha claimed that Ney, who has been jailed for life, was not the new focus of detectives.
Handout7 Ney looks like a photofit of a man seen acting suspiciously before Madeleine vanished from her Portuguese holiday apartment 12 years ago
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Getty Images – Getty7 There are numerous reports of men acting strangely in Praia Da Luz around the time Maddie vanished
In total, there are 13 suspects who cops are probing, according to reports.
They were all either seen acting suspiciously in Praia da Luz or are suspected paedophiles who were in Portugal at the time of the disappearance, it has been reported.
Brian says that Maddie’s family “still had hope even after all these years."
The child’s great uncle, who lives in the same village as the McCanns in Rothley, Leics, said they remain “very grateful” that the overstretched Met Police is continuing the search.
He said: "We’re just very grateful that police are still searching. It gives us hope.”
Brian pointed out renewed funding for Operation Grange – yet to be formally approved by the Home Office – comes from a special “contingency fund” and not from Scotland Yard’s resources.
FAMILY STILL HAVE HOPE
On Friday he joined family, friends and well-wishers to remember Maddie during a poignant prayer service to mark the 12th anniversary of her disappearance.
Maddie’s heart doctor dad Gerry, 50, missed the milestone event at Rothley Baptist Church due to work commitments in Italy.
After the service, Brian said: "We are all very grateful to those who turned out this evening in less than pleasant conditions.
“It means a lot to us that people are still willing to support us. It was a larger number than anticipated.
“There are a lot of people, it’s very much a local thing and not just national.
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“I personally appreciate all the support after such a long time and that people are still willing to come to this gathering after 12 years and be with us.
“That's what matters the most and the lantern for Madeleine is burning away."
Brian, the brother of Kate’s mum Susan Healy, told how Maddie’s parents still visit Praia da Luz but had been "too busy” recently to return.
He added: “They are such a busy family and Gerry’s work has international connections.
“He’s at a business conference in Milan and that's why he can’t be here tonight.”
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