After their 15th Christmas without her, the parents of missing Madeleine McCann have revealed the search for their daughter feels a “bit like Groundhog Day”.

Kate and Gerry McCann, both 53, are continuing their global hunt to find their daughter and have said “work and progress” carries on but with “no significant” developments on the case, reports the Mirror.

Posting a festive message on their website, findmadeleine.com, they said: “It feels a bit like Groundhog Day with Covid and its requirement for social distancing and face masks and sadly more suffering for many.

“We’d all hoped and probably expected things to be quite different by now. It’s a little similar in some ways with the investigation to find Madeleine."

They added: “This is our 15th Christmas without Madeleine and yet we still receive so many kind words of encouragement and support, not to mention the many cards. Amazing and ­humbling – thank you so much.”

Madeleine was three when she ­disappeared from the family’s holiday apartment at the Ocean Club complex in Praia da Luz, Portugal, in 2007.

German prosecutors say they are sure she was abducted and murdered by paedophile Christian Brueckner – who has always denied the allegations.

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The jailed 45-year-old was named as the prime suspect in June 2020 after mobile records placed him in the area of the resort the night Madeleine vanished.

And an ex-pal told German police Brueckner admitted in 2008 that he was involved in her disappearance.

Cops are said to have tried to get a confession out of the convicted rapist by sending an undercover investigator posing as a lag into his jail.

The Met are “working closely” with Portuguese and German cops. Commissioner Cressida Dick said they will carry on “until there is nothing left to do”.

Kate and Gerry, of Rothley, Leics, try to keep the festive season as normal as possible for their twins Sean and Amelie, 16.

Kate previously said: “Madeleine should be here… But we have not lost hope that we may get to celebrate ­another Christmas with her.”

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