Madeleine McCann’s School Still Holds Place Open For Her
The school where Madeleine McCann should be starting her GCSEs still holds a place open for her.
It's been over ten years since Madeleine disappeared while on holiday with her parents and siblings in Portugal.
Maddie, who would now be 14, vanished from an apartment on the resort of Praia de Luz in May 2007.
She was just nine days away from her fourth birthday when she was snatched while her parents were dining with friends in a nearby tapas restaurant.
Although there have been no breakthroughs in the search for Maddie, according to the Sun, the school is still holding a place for her.
She would be moving into Year 10 at the school, in Loughborough, where her twelve-year-old twin siblings are also pupils.
Parents Kate and Gerry McCann (Credit: PA)
Rev. Rob Gladstone, the family's local vicar, echoed the hope and belief held by her parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, that their daughter is still alive.
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"There is no evidence Madeleine has died," told the Sun. "We encourage Kate and Gerry in faith, hope, strength, perseverance and courage."
His statement coincides with the revelation that Operation Grange - the investigative review by London's Metropolitan Police Service into the circumstances of Maddie's disappearance - has just five weeks of guaranteed government funding left.
Maddie's parents are still not giving up hope of finding her alive, however. A close friend of the McCanns told the Sun that the week that she would begin her GCSEs is 'another significant milestone in Madeleine's life that she's still not back for and a painful reminder to her family and friends'.
Met Police have Home Office funding in place until the end of September in order to try to crack the case, but must submit an application to secure further money for the second half of the year.
Officers were given an extra £85,000 in April to extend the operation for six months, prompting speculation that detectives were closing in on a suspect.
The Met have been involved in the investigation since 2011, As yet, however, the investigation - which has cost taxpayers almost £12 million - has failed to uncover any new clues or leads.
Words: Mischa Pearlman
Source: The Sun
Featured Image Credit: PA
Topics: Madeleine McCann