It has been 16 years since the disappearance of Madeleine McCann from an apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal. Her family and loved ones, along with many others, gathered in her hometown of Rothley to pay tribute to the little girl. Maddie’s younger sister, Amelie, spoke about her sister’s disappearance for the first time, lighting a candle in her honor.
The family and friends gathered around the Cenotaph, a monument that has become a place of remembrance for Maddie. They prayed together and listened to poems and prayers dedicated to the little girl. Amelie repeated mantras created in honor of her sister, including “Never, never give up” and “Still missing, still missed.”
Despite the many years that have passed, people continue to come together to remember Maddie. Brian Kennedy, 84, who attended the vigil, spoke about the hope that the family still holds on to. The recent news that the main suspect in Maddie’s disappearance cannot be formally accused due to lack of evidence is a painful reminder of the ongoing search for answers.
The appearance of a Polish girl claiming to be Maddie added to the family’s turmoil, but DNA tests revealed that it was not the case. The McCanns, who have been largely silent about the case recently, have yet to find closure in the search for their daughter.