McCanns Make Christmas Plea for Maddy

Parents release video appealing for their daughter's return
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 22, 2007 6:37 PM CST
McCanns Make Christmas Plea for Maddy
This March 2007 file photo released by the McCann family Friday, May 4, 2007, shows 3-year-old British girl Madeleine McCann. (AP Photo/McCann Family, HO)   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – The parents of Madeleine McCann issued a video message today telling their daughter that "our only Christmas wish is for you to be back with us again" and pleading that anyone with information about her disappearance come forward. The video includes footage of the toddler unwrapping presents last year, the Daily Telegraph reports.

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In the video, Kate and Gerry McCann urge their daughter to "be brave." To the kidnapper, they say, "You must understand that you hold the key to ending all this despair and anguish, for both us and Madeleine." Madeleine went missing May 3 from her bed in a Portugal holiday resort, while her parents, who remain official suspects, ate at a nearby restaurant with friends. (Read more Kate McCann stories.)

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