By Tracey Kandohla For Mailonline
Published: 08:31 BST, 3 May 2019 | Updated: 08:32 BST, 3 May 2019
The parents of Madeleine McCann today have vowed to carry on looking for their daughter 'for as long as it takes' on the painful 12th anniversary of her disappearance.
Brave Kate and Gerry, who cling onto a glimmer of hope that Maddie could still be alive, tell of their 'comfort and reassurance' that the police hunt to find her carries on.
In a message to mark the latest harrowing milestone which they wish they could 'fast forward', they share their heartache that Maddie would soon be turning sixteen.
In a posting on the Official Find Maddie Campaign website the couple from Rothley, Leicestershire, jointly say: 'It's that time of year again. As much as we'd like to fast forward the first couple of weeks of May, there's no getting around it.'
Kate and Gerry McCann (pictured above) have vowed to continue to look for their daughter Madeleine, who went missing in 2007
Kate and Gerry McCann posted on their website findmadeleine.com where they said they would like to 'fast forward' the first couple of weeks in May (Madeleine pictured above)
Three-year-old Maddie vanished during a family holiday in Praia da Luz, Portugal, in May 2007. She had been left sleeping alone with her younger twin siblings while her parents were dining in a nearby tapas restaurant with pals at the seaside complex.
Former GP Kate, 51, now a medical worker and eminent heart doctor Gerry, 50, said continued supported from family, friends and the public boosted them.
In a joint message they write: 'The months and years roll by too quickly; Madeleine will be sixteen this month. It's impossible to put into words just how that makes us feel. There is comfort and reassurance though