Madeleine McCann’s parents will mark the 14th anniversary of their daughter’s disappearance with a “low-key” Bank Holiday ceremony.
Kate and Gerry McCann will attend a local church this weekend to pray for Madeleine, who disappeared in Portugal on May 3, 2007.
This year’s anniversary is particularly poignant because it comes just a week before Madeleine’s 18th birthday.
Prosecutors want to quiz Christian Brueckner over her disappearance and claim to have evidence she is dead.
But Kate and Gerry, 53, of Rothley, Leics, refuse to give up hope that Madeleine is still alive and will one day be found.
A family friend said: “Every anniversary is tough because it brings back all the memories of the night she was taken.
“But this year is different because Madeleine would be reaching adulthood.
“It’s a big milestone in every child’s life. For Kate and Gerry to not to be with her on such a momentous occasion is heartbreaking.”
The couple will spend Bank Holiday Monday – the day of the anniversary – with their teenage twins Sean and Amelie.
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Scotland Yard’s hunt for Madeleine’s abductor continues, with four detectives still working on Operation Grange.
A top-level summit between German, British and Portuguese detectives is due to take place in Lisbon this summer.
The Mirror revealed in January that cops are launching a push to find what they have referred to as the “missing piece of the jigsaw” that they say could snare Brueckner.
German and Portuguese investigators are to carry out new interviews of key witnesses in the Algarve who knew him.
Brueckner, 44, was named as the prime suspect for Madeleine’s disappearance by German prosecutors last June.
They say they believe he abducted and killed the three-year-old.
He is currently serving a seven-year term in a prison in Hanover for raping a pensioner in Praia da Luz in 2005.
His lawyer Friedrich Fulscher insists the German has nothing to do with the youngster’s disappearance.