We feel that the finding of Jaycee Dugard—whilst of course primarily a very upsetting story—has helped the search for Madeleine. It has opened the eyes of the general public to the fact that children can be hidden for many years and turn up alive. If Jaycee can be alive after such a long time, then so can Madeleine. This has helped to reinforce our Never Give Up campaign.

We decided to take action against Portuguese police officer Goncalo Amaral after reaching an "enough is enough" point. His disgraceful theories (with no evidence whatsoever to back them up) has greatly (and cruelly) hindered the search for Madeleine, particularly in Portugal, where it seems most likely that the key piece of information will lie. An injunction was achieved in September against his book and DVD, which promote his theories (and have made him a lot of money). This is a significant and much-needed achievement, and hopefully the general public will now start doubting his credibility and motives (if they hadn't already) and start believing that there is a very good chance that Madeleine is alive and needs to be found.

Last week we traveled to Lisbon. It was Kate's first visit back to Portugal since Madeleine was abducted. We had gone in order to plan a strategy with our advisers about moving things forward in Portugal. Given the media attention and demand that this visit brought, we had an informal meeting with the journalists. This seemed to go well and, if anything, it felt like we were shown more support, which was progress. Although apprehensive and a little emotional, it felt good to go back. We will return to Portugal most likely in the next few months and would also like to visit Praia da Luz.

We have several campaign and investigation initiatives which we are working on and hope to implement over the next four months. is also being continually updated.

The McCanns

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