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MADELEINE MCCANN PARENTS PLAN TO ‘JUST GET LOST’ DURING TRIP TO PORTUGAL
September 23 2009
Lisbon, Portugal – There can be no worse nightmare for a parent than the loss of a child. No doubt, that trauma is even more deeply felt when the child goes missing without a trace, leaving the family in a state of permanent lassitude not knowing if
their child is alive or dead. Un-revenged and un-redeemed the horror of the loss is only exacerbated by the inability to move on and mourn the loss, something that may end up being a permanent state for the grieving family.
That horror and trauma can only be all the more damaging for the McCann family who, two years ago, became world famous following the disappearance of their three-year old daughter while vacationing in Portugal. International intrigue, police corruption, and tabloid celebrity has followed the family since that fateful day while they have desperately searched for and privately mourned their young daughter. It is understandable then that the McCann’s have decided to take a break from the constant stress related to search for Madeleine which appears to be just what they are doing. According to reports the McCann’s have flown to Portugal once again and plan to ‘just get lost’ in the warm sun and white sand beaches of the country before returning home to resume the search for their daughter.
“We want to work with the authorities and continue the search. We would love to discover evidence that would reopen the file. That would be great but the search is
continuing whether the file is open or not . Authorities have said there is no evidence that Madeleine is dead and there is no evidence to implicate us. From our perspective, the most important thing is that Madeleine probably still is alive and is out there, and we are asking people to help us continue the search,” said Gerry McCann. “And yes we plan on catching a little bit of sun and maybe putting back a margarita or two. It’s been a long time since we’ve taken a vacation and that last one didn’t end up going so well. We’ve decided to treat ourselves a bit and just take it easy for a bit before getting back on it.”
The case has long since been closed with only a handful of suspects, including the McCann’s themselves, ever appearing on the police radar. Nonetheless, the family remains earnest in their desire to see their daughter returned, after the vacation.
“Stress can really be a killer and the kind of stress that family has endured has to be tremendous. There are very few people on the planet who can truly understand the kind of trauma this family has undergone. It really is the best thing for them to get away and take a vacation. Hopefully they will truly be able to get lost while there, though hopefully not like their daughter,” said Scrape TV Psychology analyst Dr. Sarah Welp. “It’s unfortunate but a lot of people go missing in Portugal every year. Inevitably, many of them come back with great memories and a desire to go back. More than a few though simply never return, sometimes physically and sometimes mentally and it remains to be seen what will happen with the McCann’s.”
Portuguese tourism officials recommend golf (for the porting type), visits to the many natural parks, and of course beach time when visiting the country, particularly in the southern area the McCann’s are visiting again.
“Portuguese history dates back over a thousand years so there are many great sites such as The Infante’s Algarve and the Castro Marim salt marsh. I would also recommend the Costa Vicentine Natural Park which is a great place to lose oneself in,” said a spokesperson for the tourism board. “Of course you cannot come to Portugal and not visit our white sand beaches which are the most beautiful in the world. For more information, please visit our website at www.visitportugal.com. I’m sure you will be happy you came to see us.”
It’s not clear if the McCann’s planned their getaway in advance of if they plan to wing once in the country.