The parents of Madeleine McCann say reports they have received a letter from German authorities stating that Madeleine is dead are “false”.
In a statement, Kate and Gerry McCann said the “unsubstantiated stories” had “caused unnecessary anxiety to friends and family and once again disrupted our lives”.
“The widely reported news that we have a received a letter from the German authorities that states there is evidence or proof that Madeleine is dead is FALSE,” they wrote.
“As we have stated many times before, we will not give a running commentary on the investigation – that is the job of the law enforcement agencies and we will support them in any way requested.”
A German prosecutor had reportedly written to the McCanns telling them he has “concrete evidence” that Madeleine is dead.
It was claimed that Hans Christian Wolters had told the parents that he has no doubt their daughter is dead, but he refused to tell them why.
He was said to have told Mr and Mrs McCann that to reveal the evidence would jeopardise his investigation into the German suspect known as Christian B.
The suspect, who is serving jail sentences near Hamburg for rape and drug dealing, has yet to be questioned about Madeleine, who vanished from her family’s holiday apartment in Portugal in May 2007.
Mr Wolters said he had sent the letter to the McCanns in an interview with British newspaper reporters in Braunschweig, where he is leading the investigation.
The Daily Mail reported that the prosecutor said he had not even shared key evidence with Scotland Yard and the Portuguese police who are also investigating the case.
He told the Mail: “We have been quite clear throughout we are investigating a murder and we have the evidence for that.
“We can understand the pain of the parents – and they want relief – but it is better for them that we have a clear and successful conclusion to the case.”
In an interview with Sky News, the parents’ Lisbon lawyer Rogerio Alves challenged the prosecutor to tell them everything he knew.
Christian B is said to have been a bar worker for 12 years around southern Portugal – and was renting a house outside Praia da Luz, where Madeleine went missing.
On the night she vanished from her family’s holiday apartment, telephone data traced him close to the area.
Portuguese police are reportedly planning to search wells near the house that was rented by Christian B.
Police forces in the UK, Portugal and Germany have also been appealing for information about the 43-year-old.