Madeleine McCann: Kate and Gerry still hoping for police breakthrough

The parents of Madeleine McCann have said they still hope for a breakthrough in the search for their daughter, 16 years after she went missing.

Kate and Gerry McCann released a statement on Facebook saying they were still struggling to come to terms with how they feel.

"Still missing... still very much missed. It is hard to find the words to convey how we feel. The police investigation continues, and we await a breakthrough. Thank you to everyone for your support - it really helps."

They also shared the following poem, titled The Contradiction -

The absence contradicts itself:the missing conjures what we miss.You are not here, I’m not myself,but still I talk to you like this.You’re in the crowd, the news, the glimpse -I make you there when you’re not there.I trace your steps, I map your face,I say your name, see you in air.You’re all I know and so unknown.I cannot hold you, yet I do:please let me hold you in my headand where you are now, hold me too.How can you be so near and far?You are not here. But here you are.

The couple are expected to join friends and family in their home village of Rothley, Leicestershire, tonight at a prayer gathering to remember Madeleine while on holiday with the family were on holiday in Praia da Luz, Portugal.

Paedophile Christian Brueckner, who was living in a farmhouse close to Praia da Luz, has been named as the prime suspect.

Brueckner, who is in prison in Germany for raping a pensioner in Praia da Luz, denies any involvement.

Since 2011, £13 million has been spent on the Madeleine McCann disappearance case.