Hunt for Madeleine McCann receives $107,000 boost from royalties of book by her mother on her disappearance

The McCanns earned over $100,000 in royalties because of the sales of Kate's 2011 book, 'Madeleine,' and which might prove vital in continuing the search for their missing daughter


                            Hunt for Madeleine McCann receives $107,000 boost from royalties of book by her mother on her disappearance

Kate and Gerry McCann have not given up on their hope of finding their daughter, Madeleine, even close to 12 years after she mysteriously went missing and have been handed a timely boost in funds because of the popularity of Kate's book on the case.

The cash injection may prove vital in light of recent criticism over the expenditure in the case, especially since recent reports indicate that Scotland Yard could be closing down on the culprits involved because of two new leads.

The search for Madeleine is set to continue at least until March (Source: Handout/Getty Images)
The search for Madeleine is set to continue at least until March (Source: Handout/Getty Images)

'Operation Grange,' Scotland Yard's inquiry into the disappearance of Madeleine from the parents' room during their vacation in the Algarve region of Portugal in 2007 has already accrued costs totaling $14.91 million in taxpayer money since its launch in 2011.

According to the Mirror, the royalties from Kate's book 'Madeleine' — which she wrote in 2011 to help raise money for her daughter's hunt — has amounted to £84,096 ($107,000) in the last year alone. Those funds were put into 'Find Madeleine — Leaving No Stone Unturned', a foundation set up by the parents in 2007 to help manage the money donated to help find her.

The foundation, whose main activity is to "secure the safe return to her family of Madeleine McCann," is said to now be worth £823,332 ($1,050,000) even though it recorded losses in recent years, with the reported figure up by nearly £100,000 ($127,000) from the previous year.

When funds seemed to be running out, the Home Office intervened and set aside another £150,000 ($190,000) for the search.

Kate and Gerry restated their vow to continue searching for Madeleine in their Christmas card (Source: Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)
Kate and Gerry restated their vow to continue searching for Madeleine in their Christmas card (Source: Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)

There has been mounting criticism at the several million pounds spent in the case — the police federation and some former Met officers have argued that the money would find better use in tackling London's record number of homicides, knife crime, and acid attacks — and the royalties could very well mean 'Operation Grange' have the funds to carry on until March.

The McCanns had recently reiterated their vow to continue searching for Madeliene last month, writing on their Christmas Card, "We couldn't let a Christmas go by without passing on a warm thank you to all our supporters for the kind and continuing good wishes, especially at this very busy time of year."

"We miss Madeleine dearly. Christmas will never be the same without her, but we will continue to make the best of what we have," they continued. "The investigation is ongoing and our hope remains. May 2019 be a peaceful and positive one for us all."