Madeleine McCann: Police To Review Crimestoppers Calls From Psychics

03/05/2012 16:26 | Updated 22 May 2015

Madeleine McCann's Parents Say They Believe She Will Be Found

Five years after the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, police are said to be reviewing calls to Crimestoppers from psychics made in the first few months of her disappearance in May 2007.

Around 100 phone calls from psychics were made to Crimestoppers just after Maddie vanished from a holiday apartment in Portugal.

At the time they were dismissed because they were from psychics or other members of the public who had recalled dreams about the case.

A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police has confirmed the material will be passed to Scotland Yard, saying: "We can confirm we are in close dialogue with Crimestoppers to ensure that all material in their possession - from any source - is shared with us."

The news comes on the fifth anniversary of Madeleine's disappearance. Her parents, Kate and Gerry McCann posted a message on the Find Madeleine website saying it was impossible to believe it has been five years since they last saw their daughter:

"It's hard to define succinctly how it feels to have reached five years without Madeleine. Impossible, heart-breaking, frightening, exasperating, incomprehensible. Sometimes it feels like forever and at other times, just like yesterday.

"What is certain though is that since the Metropolitan Police review was commenced last May, the chances of finding Madeleine and discovering what happened are now significantly greater.

"Additionally, albeit less importantly, our lives and those of our family have been much more bearable over the past year, simply by knowing those stones are finally being turned.

"We hope that the investigation will be reopened in Portugal soon, as this will give us the best possible chance of finding Madeleine and the person who committed this crime - of solving the case. The term 'mystery' (commonly used by the media) is not applicable until all possible avenues have been explored. They haven't been, and can't be until the case is reopened.

"Abducted children have been found many years following their disappearance. We cannot give up. We won't give up. Please keep looking for Madeleine."

Detectives recently issued a new photo of what they believe Madeleine will look like.

Madeleine McCann aged nineTeri Blythe/Met Police

They said the image, created ahead of what would have been her ninth birthday on May 12, had been created in "close collaboration with the family".

Since her disappearance in 2007, there have been numerous 'sightings' of Maddie. The most recent was in April, when Spanish police investigated a apparent sighting on her in Nerja, 30 miles east of Malaga. Sadly it seems it has come to nothing, despite an investigation.

You can see Kate and Gerry's press conference on the anniversary of their daughter's disappearance in the video report above.

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