Madeleine McCann search will go on 'until there is nothing left to do', says Met Police chief

THE desperate search for Madeleine McCann will continue until there is "nothing left to do", Met Police Cressida Dick said today.

The controversial inquiry into the youngster's disappearance, Operation Grange, has cost taxpayers £12.5million since it was launched in 2011.

But Ms Dick told LBC today there is "not a funding issue" with the investigation as she vowed to continue searching for Madeleine.

The chief said: "We are working closely with Portuguese authorities and the German authorities, and we will continue until there is nothing left to do."

She continued: "There is not a funding issue. So far (we have) received support every time we have felt there was a line of inquiry to pursue."

Madeleine disappeared in May 2007 from the holiday apartment she was staying in at Praia da Luz on Portugal's Algarve coast.

Convicted paedophile and rapist Christian B was named by German police last year as the prime suspect for her abduction and murder.

A boost to the fund granted by the Home Office in 2018 has run out with Scotland Yard bosses demanding more cash given the dramatic development.

Her parents Kate and Gerry have also raised £773,629 if the money ever dries up.

It comes after the couple said "we're never going to give up" as they paid tribute to their daughter on her 18th birthday on May 12.

And they posted a poignant tribute to mark the milestone, telling her: "We love you and we’re waiting for you and we’re never going to give up.”

The message accompanies a cherished last photo of her as a three-year-old, beaming under a sun hat.

Kate and Gerry left gifts in Madeleine's bedroom, which has remained untouched since she vanished 14 years ago.

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GP-turned-medical worker Kate, 53, and heart doc Gerry, 52, said online: “This year it is particularly poignant as we should be celebrating Madeleine’s 18th birthday.”

They continued: “As we have said repeatedly, we need to know what has happened to our lovely daughter, no matter what.

"We are very grateful to the police for their continued efforts. We hang on to the hope, however small, that we will see Madeleine again.”

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