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McCanns 'Still Hope To Bring Madeleine Home'
The mother of missing Madeleine McCann has said she needs to know what happened to her daughter even if the answer turns out to be the "worst case scenario".
Nearly seven years since the youngster vanished while on holiday in Portugal with her family, Kate McCann told Sky News: "Madeleine's either alive or she isn't and we can't change that.
"If we can find her we can bring her home and make things right.
"Obviously our hope is that she's alive and being well looked after but regardless of the outcome, we need to know. We all need to know."
In a separate interview with The Sun newspaper, she added: "The worst case scenario has always been a possibility and anyone who thinks we're blinkered doesn't know us."
There has been no sign of Madeleine since she disappeared from the resort of Praia da Luz in May 2007, aged three.
Last week, it emerged police are investigating five new cases in which young British girls were sexually abused during holiday home break-ins in the Algarve.
It followed a fresh appeal for information by detectives at Scotland Yard, which led to hundreds of calls.
Madeleine's father, Gerry McCann, said in the Sky News interview: "The crime needs to be solved.
"Ultimately, there is someone out there, or people out there, who have stolen a child and it may be linked to other crimes, it may not."
As the investigation continues, the McCanns have given their support to the new Child Rescue Alert system, which is due to launch later this month, describing it as a "really exciting step forward".
Modelled on the United States' Amber Alert, which has helped track down nearly 700 missing children since 1996, it works by sending out text, email and social media messages.
People can sign up in an advance to receive the alerts, which will also be broadcast on TV and radio.
Mrs McCann said: "When a child is abducted, families are devastated and entire communities are torn apart.
"The agony of not knowing where your child is almost impossible to imagine.
"The helplessness is at times overwhelming but there is now something we can all do to help. Please sign up to receive alerts - you could save a child's life."