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Madeleine McCann's Mom Visits Her Room Twice a Day

Madeleine McCann's Mom Visits Her Room Twice a Day
Gerry and Kate McCann with Oprah Winfrey
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05/01/2009 03:10PM

Two years ago, 3-year-old Madeleine McCann disappeared while her parents were at dinner during a family vacation in Portugal.

Now, the McCanns are speaking out in a heartbreaking new interview to air on the Oprah Winfrey Show, the day after the anniversary of her disappearance.

When asked whether she allows herself to imagine the worst, Kate McCann, who was once a suspect in the unsolved case with her husband Gerry, reveals, "I do. As a mom, inevitably there are times when I do. There are the times that I kind of dip down."

And does she suspect an abductor spent time watching the family before Madeleine disappeared, Kate says, "It makes you feel sick, actually, when you think about it."

Instead of dividing them, the tragedy and subsequent accusations that they were involved in the disappearance served to strengthen their bond, Gerry says.

Madeleine McCann's Mom Visits Her Room Twice a Day| Madeleine McCann

Madeleine McCann's missing poster includes an age progression image, created by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, that depicts what she may look like at age 6.

"A child abduction ... could destroy any family. There's no doubt about it. It's one of the most devastating things. But ... I think it's helped us stay strong and stay together. We're really united in our goal and our love of Madeleine and [her younger siblings, twins] Sean and Amelie."

While officials closed the case last summer, the McCanns emphasized their commitment to finding their daughter. Kate, in fact, has kept her room unchanged, ready for her return.

"It's all ready," she says. "I go in about twice a day. Morning and evening, [I] just say hello. Tell her we're still going, you know, we're going to do everything we can to find her."

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