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Madeleine McCann's parents given fresh hope as German boy missing for two years is found in cupboard at 'paedo's' home

THE parents of Madeleine McCann have been given fresh hope their daughter could still be alive after it was reported that a German boy missing for two years has been found safe.

The 15-year-old kidnap victim was discovered by chance by police in the cupboard at the home of a suspected paedophile.

Madeleine McCann vanished in Portugal more than 10 years ago
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Credit: PA:Press Association Madeleine McCann vanished in Portugal more than 10 years ago Credit: PA: Press Association
Kate and Gerry McCann cling on to a glimmer of hope that their daughter could still be alive
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Credit: PA:Press Association Kate and Gerry McCann cling on to a glimmer of hope that their daughter could still be alive Credit: PA: Press Association

A close pal of the McCann's, who are facing their 13th Christmas without their daughter , said they had been “buoyed up” by the news.

The family friend said: "It shows that dreams can come true and this teenage boy being found two years after he disappeared is another example that will give Kate and Gerry hope.

"This is the news they are dreaming of receiving themselves one day and it is heart warming that the child can be reunited with his family for Christmas."

'RENEWED HOPE'

Heart doctor Gerry and ex GP Kate, both 51, of Rothley, Leics, cling onto a glimmer of hope that Maddie, who vanished as three-year-old in May 2007, could still be alive.

The source said: "They are always buoyed up when they hear stories of kidnapped children being found. It really does give them renewed hope and some joy."

The boy, named by German newspapers as Marvin K , was found in the same clothes that he went missing in a house in Recklinghausen, 60 miles north of Cologne.

Cops were last night holding a 44-year-old unemployed handyman called Lars H on suspicion of sharing images of child abuse.

His thrilled mum Manuela, 53, said: "He held on to me really tightly and he began to tremble.

"He said 'Mummy, take me home. I was locked away for two and a half years and I couldn't get any fresh air'.

"We both cried. He took my hand and wouldn't let go.I always said he was either dead or somewhere he could not get in touch with me."

Marvin was 13 when he went missing after being taken into a nearby care home after the death of his father.

Maddie disappeared during a family holiday in Portugal's Praia da Luz more than twelve and a half years ago.

She had been left sleeping alone with her younger twin siblings while her parents were dining in a nearby tapas bar with pals.

Her parents fear she was snatched by a sex fiend and could still be alive and being held against her will. She would now be aged 16.

This disappearance of the British toddler is still a complete mystery
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Credit: PA:Press Association This disappearance of the British toddler is still a complete mystery Credit: PA: Press Association
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