Mr Paolo Rebelo
4th December 2007
Dear Mr Rebelo,
I hope that you do not mind me writing to you and that you will
read my letter. I am Madeleine McCann's mother.
I am not sure if you are a parent or not, but for my husband and
myself, and the whole of our family, the last 7 months has been
the most difficult, sad and unbearable time that any parent
could possibly imagine. Madeleine is the most precious thing in
As her mother, the pain and anxiety I feel for her is
indescribable and the feeling of helplessness - overwhelming.
The "accusations" and media smearing, although upsetting, are
very much secondary.
I am appealing to you as a fellow human being, to work with us
(if possible include us) and to remember that we are Madeleine's
parents and have needs. With regard to this latter point, I
would be grateful if were able to keep us informed to some
degree as to how the investigation is going - what work is being
done to help find our daughter etc. I'm sure you will agree that
this request is not unreasonable and is in fact, humane. I am
fairly familiar now with the workings of "judicial secrecy" but
even if we could have a little bit of information in the
broadest of terms it would help. Lack of communication and a
void of information, particularly as the parent of a missing
child, is torture. We will continue to work with the PJ (and we
are keen to do so as soon as possible!) as we have done since
that moment when I discovered that Madeleine had been taken.
This shouldn't be about "finger pointing blame" nor should it be
about differences in culture. It should be about a beautiful,
innocent little girl who is still missing. She is the victim in
all of this. It would be good for Madeleine if we could all work
together to help find her and the person(s) who took her.
I would be very grateful if you could give some thought and
consideration to my letter and look forward to your reply. I can