Madeleine McCann – Should the search continue?

I feel like the search for Madeleine McCann has been going on since I can remember. Sometimes I’d read the updates or watch the news and think…

“wow, they are going IN. They are definitely going to find her.”

Then a couple of years later there would be another update, another speculation about the circumstances of her disappearance… and I would think things like…

“Are they still going on about it? How many other children have gone missing since, that we don’t even hear about and they are still looking for the same one girl.”


“Why are the parents there, writing books when their child is still missing? Maybe they DO know what happened to her…”

Then today, something popped up on my computer about Madeleine McCann… almost 10 YEARS after her disappearance and I thought “OMG They MUST have found her!”. Sadly not. I clicked on the link and after reading he whole damn thing, the one thing that stood out to me was this:

“…a gang of European traffickers snatched the then THREE-YEAR-OLD”

And in reading that one short phrase; my ignorant, impatient, judgemental and quite frankly disgusting teenage attitude towards the whole thing changed.


I have a three-year-old daughter.

For the first time since this happened in 2007, I have a real emotional response to the case. In the smallest way, I can now relate. Just imagining if my three-year-old went missing on holiday, brings me to tears. Imagining having to cope with not knowing where she was or even if she was alive for almost 10 YEARS, hurts my chest. Imagining if I saw someone roll their eyes or heard them make a stupid comment because I was STILL looking for my missing child – well I’d probably kill them. With. My. Bare. Hands. Imagaine if someone suggested that I had something to do with the disappearance of my child. I would be broken.

If my daughter went missing, I would NEVER stop looking for her. I reckon my approach to searching would be more Liam Neeson in ‘Taken’ than Kate McCann (but who really knows how they will act until something like that actually happens?). Still, I can understand why she writes. Its therapeutic. It helps to manage our thoughts and feelings. Often, it helps others too. It raises awareness. These are all reasons why myself and so many others have blogs.

As long as the McCann’s can keep the search going for their baby girl, they should. As long as they can keep people thinking about her, seeing her face and knowing that she’s missing, they ABSOLUTELY should.

I would. Wouldn’t you?

Pink Pear Bear
One Messy Mama

29 thoughts on “Madeleine McCann – Should the search continue?

  1. I had a conversation about this a few years ago with a lad I went to uni with (before I had emily) and even then I said that if I ever had a child and they went missing I would never stop searching. Now that I have emily I’m even more convinced that while there was still a chance she could be alive I wouldn’t stop searching for her.
    I can’t imagine how heartbreaking it must be to wake up each morning not knowing what had happened to your child.

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  2. I just can’t even begin to imagine what those parents (or any parents) are going through. I might be classified as an overprotective mom (sometimes) and I keep telling myself to relax, and then I read stories like these and think “no ways am I going to calm down” .. We live in a frightening world. I would move heaven and earth to keep searching for my child. #globalblogging

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  3. This is such a tough one because as parents the answer is an obvious yes. My daughter is the same age and her birthday is very close to Madeleine’s and we went to the same resort just after it all happened and it really was hard to think about their pain and how we would feel in the same situation. Time is not a healer in this scenario and wouldn’t it be wonderful if there was a happy ending to it all? #bigpinklink

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  4. Oh you are damned right! I would make it my mission. This poor little girl and her family. I can cry at the drop of a hat, and so you know I am in tears now. I wish that poor family all the best. Oh my. Words don’t even make sense here… #bigpinklink #globalblogging

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  5. It’s awful and I can’t imagine what they went through, as a parent it’s unimaginable. There’s a part of me that thinks the whole thing as actually pretty fishy, but then on the other hand, if this had happened to me, I would be devastated if someone thought that about me.

    I don’t really know what to think other than if my little girl was still missing, I would still be looking.

    (my other blog took part, I can’t seem to log out) x

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  6. There is absolutely no way I would stop looking if one of my two went missing in that way. No way I would give up. Whatever happened to the poor little girl I hope they get answers soon, must be horrible to just not know xxx #bigpinklink

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  7. I know it is just a mothers worst nightmare, to think of our children being taken of cooers I would always be looking at every child their age wondering, feeling helpless and sick. How do you ever move on knowing your child was most likely trafficked is unbearable! Great post! But so so sad #globalblogging


    1. That’s the thing. There’s so many missing children, but when it’s your own child you exhaust all the Resources you have and it might be more than another parent. Thanks for reading xx


  8. You never give up hope, you never stop finding a new way to search. You also cannot stop living, exisiting. You have to carry on for those still present and you have to keep yourself however rational and sane you can in order to continue the search. I really can not think about these cases so much as they make me a ball of anxiety.

    Thanks for linking up to #globalblogging

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  9. I have followed the Madeleine McCann case over the years – not closely, but it fascinates me. Obviously I am able to say this, because I am completely detached from it. I remember people at the time saying: how can Kate run on the beach when her daughter has just gone missing? Why isn’t she crying? Then the accusations: it was the parents. Then the judgment over leaving her in the room. It does give rise to plenty of opinion and debate, but as you say: if that was your child you would never give up and that is all that really matters now. Alison x #bigpinklink

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  10. I completely agree with this. To some extent I think it’s unfair that so much money has gone into this search when other children have disappeared with very little input from the police. BUT, saying that, if my child disappeared I would never stop searching and nor would I want the police to give up on the search either. It’s difficult, I don’t think that she will ever be found, and sadly I think that she died at the time, but I can understand as a parent how hard that would be to accept without any proof either way. #bigpinklink

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  11. I’ve been thinking about this a lot recently, I see comments saying the search should be stopped but as a Mum to a 3 year old myself, if there’s even a tiny potential that child may be found then they should never give up. I know that I never would and agree with you regarding your approach would be like something out of Taken. I’d scale the ends of the earth if I was in the parent position. #bigpinklink

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  12. I feel nothing but pain and sympathy for the McCanns. As a Mummy of 2 girls – if this happened to me I would never stop searching, I would make sure I was in every newspaper and news channel as much as possible so people don’t forget. It breaks my heart that she has yet to be found after all these years. #bigpinklink

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