Maddie McCann’s parents given fresh hope in wake of US case in which girl found after 18 years

What happened to little Madeleine McCann after she disappeared from her holiday apartment in Portugal remains a mystery a decade on. However, her parents Kate and Gerry are understood to have been buoyed up by the news that a baby abducted in Florida 18 years ago has now been found.

The case of baby Kamiyah Mobley has given them fresh hope, say friends. Little Kamiyah was taken from her mother’s arms at a hospital in Jacksonville, Florida, by a woman who had dressed as a nurse. She has now been found living in South Carolina, just three hours way, being raised by her abductor as Alexis Manigo. The 51 year old woman she grew up believing was her mother has now been arrested and charged with kidnapping.

Given hope

When the McCanns heard about the case, a friend said they felt hopeful, as they approach the tenth anniversary of Maddie’s disappearance, that she may still be found. The friend said: “It shows that dreams can come true and this teenager being found so many years after the event is another example that will give Kate and Gerry hope. This is the news they are dreaming of receiving themselves one day.”

Kate and Gerry have never given up hope that their daughter may still be alive. The little girl vanished from a holiday home in the resort of Praia da Luz when she was just three. There has been no trace of her since. She disappeared as her parents were having dinner at a tapas bar which overlooked the apartment block. They, and other adults in their party were taking it in turns to check on the children. But, during one check, they discovered that Maddie had gone.

In an appeal over Christmas, the couple appealed to Maddie’s abductor, or to anyone who knows them to finally do the right thing and come forward.


Judith is a qualified journalist who has worked in both the UK and the US, specialising in writing about politics, education and health.