KATE McCann flies to Germany this week to make a powerful television appeal for new witnesses to come forward as Scotland Yard detectives investigate fresh leads produced by her book about her daughter Madeleine’s disappearance.
The intriguing developments come as German police intensify their investigation into a serial child killer, Martin Ney, who bears a resemblance to a man said to have been seen with a child in his arms shortly after Madeleine vanished.
Buoyed by the determination and resolve of the 30 strong team of Yard detectives, Kate and her husband Gerry are focusing their energy on a media blitz in Germany in the hope that their emotional appeals will produce key witnesses. On Thurdsay, they will fly to Hamburg to appear on the Reinhold Beckmann Show and will tell the popular presenter they believe German tourists who visit the Algarve each year may be able to unlock the mystery of Madeleine’s disappearance from the resort town of Praia da Luz in May 2007 when she was approaching her fourth birthday.
A source said: “Kate and Gerry have felt for a long time that a German who visited the Algarve or who lives there knows something and they want to stir consciences.”
Last week the couple undertook a round of interviews with German journalists at a hotel near their home in Rothley, Leicestershire.
The German broadsheet newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung published an interview with the couple yesterday in which Kate revealed in her darker days she wishes the abductor had taken her instead of Madeleine.
“There are days in which I wished I was able to swap with Madeleine,” she said, adding that the ordeal had made her marriage stronger.
“People are still looking out for Madeleine and that gives me hope. It is your child, you must go on.”