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Kate and Gerry McCann deny they received police letter telling them daughter Madeleine has died

Madeleine McCann went missing while on holiday in Portugal in 2007

Emmy Griffiths

Kate and Gerry McCann have released a statement denying that they have received a letter from German authorities telling them that Madeleine has died. They said: "Since the recent police appeals regarding Madeleine's disappearance there have been many inaccurate stories reported in the media. The widely 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.

"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." 

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Madeleine went missing in 2007

The Daily Mail originally reported that German authorities had sent a letter to Gerry and Kate McCann explaining that they have evidence for a murder investigation, but are unable to give any details on what they know during the ongoing case. Prosecutor Hans Christian Wolters told the Daily Mail: "I sympathise with the parents but if we reveal more details to them it might jeopardise the investigation. We have concrete evidence that our suspect has killed Madeleine and this means she is dead. We of course really consider the fact that it is going to be very hard for the family when we tell them... But we can’t say why she is dead – it is more important that we are successful and we are able to get the culprit as opposed to just putting our cards on the table and telling them why we think she might be." 

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Christian Brückner is suspected of abducting Madeleine

Gerry and Kate released a statement regarding the new investigation via their website at the beginning of June, which read: "We welcome the appeal today regarding the disappearance of our daughter, Madeleine. We would like to thank the police forces involved for their continued efforts in the search for Madeleine. All we have ever wanted is to find her, uncover the truth and bring those responsible to justice. We will never give up hope of finding Madeleine alive but whatever the outcome may be, we need to know as we need to find peace." 

READ: Kate and Gerry McCann react to new evidence in daughter Madeleine's disappearance