By the Editor
The Democrat has never carried any reports on the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.
However, we have decided today to tell readers that the parents of Madeleine, whose family have Dumbarton connections, have said in a statement on their website that “reported news that we have received a letter from the German authorities that states there is evidence or proof that Madeleine is dead is false”.
Kate and Gerry McCann posted a statement on the Find Madeleine page to say media reports of the correspondence had caused “unnecessary anxiety to friends and family and once again disrupted our lives”.
The latest developments concerning their daughter’s disappearance 13 years ago at a resort in Praia da Luz, in the Algarve region of Portugal comes after reports circulated that German police had written to them to confirm she was dead.
The statement read: “Since the recent police appeals regarding Madeleine’s disappearance there have been many inaccurate stories reported in the media.
The Algarve holiday coastline from which Madeleine went missing.
“The widely reported news that we have a received a letter from the German authorities that states there is evidence or proof that Madeleine is dead is false.
“Like many unsubstantiated stories in the media, this has caused unnecessary anxiety to friends and family and once again disrupted our lives.
“As we have stated many times before, we will not give a running commentary on the investigation – that is the job of the law enforcement agencies and we will support them in any way requested.
“Furthermore, we do not have a family spokesperson nor are we actively paying any lawyers.
“Any recent comments attributed in the media have not come from us unless they have been posted on our website.
“If there are important developments that can be made public, they will be issued through official police channels.”