It doesn’t get any easier. 

The 3rd of May Kate and Gerry McCann shared a heartbreaking message about daughter Madeleine McCann, who disappeared exactly 15 years ago while the family vacationed in Portugal.

“This year we mark fifteen years since we last saw Madeleine,” they wrote. “It feels no harder than any other but no easier either. It’s a very long time. Many people talk about the need for ‘closure’. It’s always felt a strange term. Regardless of outcome, Madeleine will always be our daughterAnd a truly horrific crime has been committed. These will not change.”

After thanking authorities from Germany, Portugal, the United Kingdom and Great Britain for their efforts to locate Madeleine safely, they thanked them.

Gerry and Kate said, “As ever, we’d like to extend our gratitude for all your support,” Gerry added. It is an enormous comfort to know Madeleine remains in the hearts and minds of people, regardless how many years have passed.