Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Madeleine McCann's parents in Holland

by Theo Tamis

The parents of missing British girl Madeleine McCann visited the Netherlands on Thursday as part of a high-profile campaign to find their daughter who went missing during a holiday in Portugal over a month ago.

 Madeleine McCann
Madeleine McCann disappeared from a holiday apartment in the Portuguese Algarve. Leading British businessmen and celebrities have offered a reward of 3.7 million euros for information leading to her return.
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"We have come to the Netherlands with a very specific objective: after British and German tourists, the next largest group of nationals who make up the tourists in the Algarve are in fact Dutch," Gerry McCann told reporters at a press conference in Amsterdam. He and his wife Kate are touring Europe to keep up the publicity about the disappearance of their daughter and for the kidnapping of children in general. They have already visited Italy, Spain and Germany.

The couple asked holidaymakers who were in the southern Portuguese Algarve region in early May to send in any photographs they may have which could be helpful in the investigation. They called on people to report to their local police if they'd seen a man walking with a child in the resort of Praia da Luz at the time.
Four-year-old Madeleine disappeared from the family's holiday apartment in the Algarve on 2 May. The case attracted the attention of the international press. In Great Britain, both the rich and the famous have put up millions for the tip that leads to finding "Maddy".

 Poster pasted on a parking meter in Amsterdam
Poster pasted on a parking meter in Amsterdam
Appeal for helpVisiting Berlin on Wednesday, the couple explained why they were seeking holidaymakers from across Western Europe for help.

"We have to appeal to as wide an audience as is possible. She may be in any country," Gerry McCann told the press. He said for the first two or three days he and his wife had been "almost non-functional" but had thrown themselves into the campaign because they had been advised it would help get Madeleine back and help them deal with the situation.