The search for the missing little girl has cost millions of pounds so far.

Police have been investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann for nearly 14 years. The anniversary of when she went missing is next week.

A total of £12.5 million has been spent so far in the search for the missing girl. A decision is pending about whether to approve further funds of around £300,000.

The Daily Star reports that Madeleine’s parents have a separate fund to pay for a private search if needed. The fund currently has more than £750,000.

It’s been reported that parents Kate and Gerry  have been told by the Metropolitan Police that they are continuing to treat their daughter as a missing person.

Sources claim that British Police think it is “highly unlikely” that drifter Christian Brueckner will be charged over her disappearance as there is “no evidence” linking him to it. German investigators allege Brueckner has killed the little girl.

The Fund

Accounts for Madeleine’s Fund: Leaving No Stone Unturned Ltd have been released.

The fund was set up 12 days after she vanished to handle well-wishers’ donations.It now has a balance of £773,629.

This cash reserve has been held back by the parents in case the police inquiry ends.

Official documents state that the money will be used to secure the safe return to her family of Madeleine McCann.

It also says it will “ensure her abduction is thoroughly investigated” and see those responsible brought to justice.

Any money left over will be donated to help crack similar cases.

“Cannot Go On Forever”

A friend of the pair told the Daily Star: “Kate and Gerry know the police investigation cannot go on forever. But they will never give up looking for Madeleine.

“When it is shelved, and if there is no result, Kate and Gerry will use money in the fund to continue the hunt.

“That is what it is there for. They paid for their own team of private investigators initially and when the official inquiry ends they will do so again although in the past it has proven to be extremely costly.”

14 Years

The little girl went missing from her family’s holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal back in May 2007.

Her parents in a nearby tapas bar at the time.

The money in the fund came from donations from celebrities and well-wishers, as well as royalties from a best-selling book Kate wrote in 2011. She wrote the book about the case, and also produced merchandise designed to keep the public searching.

The book brought in £6,543 in the 12 months to last March, according to the new accounts.

Kate and Gerry were also reimbursed £4,229 from the fund to cover legal costs for their “ongoing libel action in Portugal”.

The case has been made against ex-police chief Goncalo Amaral. He wrote a book accusing them of covering up their daughter’s death.

The McCann’s strongly deny his claims.

They hope to be reunited with their daughter, who will turn 18 next month.

Just last week, they posted on the Official Find Madeleine Campaign Facebook page.

In their message they were urging supporters: “Never stop believing in hope because miracles happen every day.”


German police named drifter Christian Brueckner as a suspect last June.

He is currently serving a seven-year jail sentence for raping a 72-year-old woman in the same Algarve resort.

German police said a call from his mobile was transmitted by a phone mast near the apartment where Madeleine’s family was staying.

They say the call was transmitted around an hour before the three-year-old went missing.

However, Brueckner’s lawyer insists he is innocent.

He also says Police should “expect to order holy water as a long drink in hell” before his client will cooperate with their investigation.

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