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    Sounds more promising than any previous leads. I fear poor little Maddie is long gone, but I'd love to see this case solved. Her parents have suffered long enough.
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    https://nypost.com/2020/06/04/author...ccann-is-dead/

    German prosecutors believe Madeleine McCann — the British girl who vanished from a Portuguese resort in 2007 — is dead, as the prime suspect in her disappearance has been identified, according to reports Thursday.

    Prosecutors have launched a criminal investigation into the 43-year-old German national on suspicion of murder charges, the Guardian reported.

    “From this you can see that we assume that the girl is dead,” said Braunschweig state prosecutor Hans Christian Wolters.
    Police said Brueckner had raped the American woman in the Algarve 18 months before Madeleine disappeared. He had been living in a camper van in the Praia da Luz area when Madeleine and her family were vacationing and made a phone call an hour before she was abducted.

    His other vehicle, a Jaguar, was registered to someone else’s name the day after the little girl vanished.
    Police said they gleaned significant information about Brueckner after making an appeal to the public in 2017 — the 10th anniversary of Madeleine’s disappearance.
    How was he not identified as a suspect a long time ago if he lived in the area and had this history?

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    Quote Originally Posted by raisedbywolves View Post
    How was he not identified as a suspect a long time ago if he lived in the area and had this history?
    I read another article that said he was one of the hundreds of persons 'looked at' in the early days of the investigation, but I don't know why they eliminated him. It's easy to make mistakes in an investigation with this much publicity and public pressure, but IMO the Portugese police have been horribly incompetent throughout this entire investigation. They would have dropped this case a long time ago if it weren't for the McCann's unrelenting pressure to solve it.
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    https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-52935728

    The new suspect in the Madeleine McCann case has also been investigated over the disappearance of a German girl, according to German media reports.

    The 43-year-old German man, named in reports as Christian B, is currently serving a prison sentence.

    He is believed to have been in the area where Madeleine, three, went missing while on holiday in Portugal in 2007.

    A source told the BBC an investigation into the suspect began after a tip-off in Germany in 2017.

    Meanwhile, a spokesman for the McCanns said they would be "encouraged" by the response to the latest appeal for information.

    The UK's Metropolitan Police said it had received more than 270 calls and emails since revealing details of the new suspect on Wednesday.
    A number of German media reports said the suspect had been investigated over the disappearance of a five-year-old German girl - named only as Inga.

    She went missing from a family party in Saxony-Anhalt on 2 May 2015 and has never been found.

    Police have refused to confirm the investigation or comment on a report which says officers searched an area of nearby land belonging to Christian B in February 2016.
    A senior judicial source in Portugal has told the BBC the joint investigation into the new suspect began after a tip-off in Germany in 2017.

    The source said German investigators informed their Portuguese counterparts and British officials three years ago that they received a tip-off from a friend of Christian B, after the suspect had made a "disturbing comment" in a bar in Germany, as they were watching TV news coverage of the 10th anniversary of Madeleine going missing.

    Since that time, the official said Portuguese police have been making house-to-house enquiries speaking to those that knew him between 1996 and 2007.

    Christian B was later extradited from Portugal to Germany on drugs charges.

    While he was in Germany, he was convicted of the rape of a 72-year-old woman which took place in Praia da Luz in 2005.
    If he really was on the MM inquiry list at the beginning and was cleared, this is going to be really bad.

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    https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/...d-missing-girl

    According to Der Spiegel, police in the eastern town of Stendal, in Saxony-Anhalt, found records of the chat on a computer they confiscated in early 2016 from a property owned by Br?ckner.

    The dilapidated former box-making factory was searched as part of an arrest warrant in connection with the 2015 disappearance of a five-year-old girl called Inga Gehricke, who went missing from a family outing to a care home in the same region.

    According to Der Spiegel, investigators also found child sexual abuse images and girl’s clothing inside a trailer on the property, even though Br?ckner did not have family of his own. It appears he was not investigated further at the time.

    The lawyer for Inga’s mother has appealed for police to reopen their investigation into her disappearance. “The file was closed only four weeks after the work began,” Petra K?llmei told the local newspaper Volksstimme. “I consider that lacking in ambition.”
    The blond-haired girl went missing from a stretch of woodland near a church-run assisted-living facility for people with mental health or alcohol problems near Stendal between 6.30pm and 6.45pm on 2 May 2015.

    Initially, police assumed that Inga had got lost in the forest while trying to gather wood for a barbecue planned for that evening. A reward of €25,000 was offered for any vital clues for the child’s whereabouts.

    According to K?llmei, on 1 May Br?ckner was involved in a minor traffic accident at a car park on the A2 motorway, about 100 kilometres from the spot where Inga went missing the next day.

    German news websites have also reported that authorities are now also allegedly examining connections to the disappearance of Rene Hasee. According to reports the then six-year-old boy, from Elsdorf, Germany, went missing from a beach in 1996 while on holiday with his family in the Portuguese Algarve.

    Br?ckner has been described as a drifter with a dandy-esque manner and a string of past convictions, including for sexual offences and child abuse.

    In 1994, when he was a teenager, Br?ckner was convicted of sexual abuse of a child, attempted sexual abuse of a child, and carrying out sexual acts in front of a child. He fled to Portugal with a girlfriend the following year and lived in Praia da Luz.

    Br?ckner has been convicted of crimes including theft and drug-dealing, and was allegedly known to have made break-ins at hotels and holiday homes in the Algarve.

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    I'm actually super excited whether they can finally close this case or not. Just the other day I talked about it to my boyfriend and said I don't believe the parents killed Maddie because they've put so much money, energy and effort into the search for their daughter, who would have done this after all those years? If they had killed her they would have probably declared her dead after a few years and that's that.

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    https://nypost.com/2020/06/08/madele...-missing-kids/

    Br?ckner is also a suspect in the disappearances of 16-year-old Carola Titze, who went missing while on vacation in Belgium in 1996,
    As with Madeleine, all are feared to have been murdered, the paper said.

    Br?ckner had “freaked out” a few years ago when staff at a kiosk-bar he ran discussed the McCann case, a barmaid also told the paper.

    “He wanted us to stop. He cried out, ‘The child is dead now and that’s a good thing,'” Lenta Johlitz, 34, claimed.

    “Then he said, ‘You can make a body disappear quickly. Pigs also eat human flesh.’”
    3 kids plus Madeleine now. So they're basically saying they think they have a serial killer on their hands, and he was allowed to kill for over 20 years. Fabulous.

    https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/...an-authorities

    German authorities have said they have “some evidence” that Madeleine McCann is dead but are appealing for more information in order to bring a suspect to court.

    The investigation into Madeleine’s disappearance in Praia da Luz, Portugal, in 2007 has attracted renewed attention after authorities announced they were investigating a 43-year-old convicted German child sex offender.

    The suspect, who is reportedly serving a seven-year prison sentence for the rape of a 72-year-old American woman in 2005, has been named in reports as Christian Br?ckner.

    Br?ckner is known to have lived on the Algarve coast and his Portuguese mobile phone received a half-hour phone call in Praia da Luz about an hour before Madeleine, then three, went missing on 3 May 2007.

    German authorities have previously said they believe Madeleine is dead and are investigating the suspect on suspicion of murder.

    Hans Christian Wolters, a spokesman for the Braunschweig public prosecutor’s office, said on Monday it had evidence that Madeleine was dead but not enough for a trial.

    Wolters told Sky News: “The hard evidence we don’t have, we don’t have the crucial evidence of Madeleine McCann’s body. We expect that she is dead, but we don’t have enough evidence that we can get a warrant for our suspect in Germany for the murder of Madeleine McCann.

    “At the moment, we also don’t have enough proof for a trial at court, but we have some evidence that the suspect has done the deed. That’s why we need more information from people, especially places he has lived, so we can target these places especially and search there for Madeleine.”

    Wolters called on British tourists who visited Praia da Luz between 1995 and 2007, when the suspect is thought to have lived in the area, to come forward with any information about him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StarrySky87 View Post
    I'm actually super excited whether they can finally close this case or not. Just the other day I talked about it to my boyfriend and said I don't believe the parents killed Maddie because they've put so much money, energy and effort into the search for their daughter, who would have done this after all those years? If they had killed her they would have probably declared her dead after a few years and that's that.
    Absolutely. If they were any way involved in her disappearance, they would have quietly faded into the background, relieved they got away with it. The McCanns have done just the opposite. A friend of ours knows the McCanns through their work with missing persons in the UK, and say they are absolutely tireless in their efforts to find Madeleine. I hope they get answers soon, they've waited long enough.
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    I wanna know what they have.

    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/...141836468.html

    Authorities in Germany have "concrete evidence" that missing British girl Madeleine McCann is dead, according to a prosecutor.

    Brunswick prosecutor Hans Christian Wolters told the AFP news agency on Wednesday it was unable to disclose exact information, but the authorities had "concrete evidence, facts that we have, not mere indications".

    "We have no forensic evidence of Madeleine's death, such as a corpse," he said.

    Prosecutors said they were working on the assumption that McCann is dead, though authorities in the United Kingdom continued to treat her disappearance as a missing persons case.

    Wolters said German authorities have written to the McCann family but declined to give details of the content of the letter.

    He also confirmed that Christian B has applied to be released early on probation from prison in Kiel, where he is currently serving a sentence for drug trafficking.

    However, the suspect will not be freed from custody due to an arrest warrant for the rape of an elderly woman in Portugal, Wolters said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raisedbywolves View Post
    Photos? DNA? Blood? Informant? The mind boggles with possibilities. I just want to see this solved. I want to see all the missing persons solved. They haunt me.
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    Hm, no forensics but they are sure she is dead? Only thing I can think of is photos?


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    https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/13/europ...rch/index.html

    Portuguese authorities have conducted searches in three wells, according to witnesses, near where British toddler Madeleine McCann disappeared 13 years ago.
    A local law enforcement source confirmed to CNN the searches last Thursday were related to the investigation into the disappearance of McCann, but as far as the source knew, no new information was discovered.

    The Portuguese Judicial Police (PJ), officers from the National Guard (GNR) as well as at least one diver from the fire department were involved, witnesses in the village of Budens, near Praia da Luz, told CNN.
    The wells are about 15 minutes away from Praia da Luz, on a road that leads up to a semi-secluded beach popular among foreigners, especially among those who travel in camper vans.

    The suspect in McCann's disappearance had lived in Portugal's Algarve region from 1995 to 2007, and also resided in a house in Praia de Luz, according to the German prosecutor's office in Braunschweig.

    Prosecutors last month said they have evidence that the man, now jailed in Germany for another crime, killed McCann, but not enough to charge him.

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    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/madelei...ried-48-hours/

    Do USB drives found buried beneath a dead dog hold the clue to what may have happened to Madeleine McCann?

    On June 4, 2020, in the German city of Braunschweig, public prosecutor Hans Christian Wolters gathered the press for a stunning announcement. German authorities believed they had the answer to the question that some of the finest investigative minds in the world had been been wrestling with for 13 years: What happened to Madeleine McCann?

    "48 Hours" correspondent Peter Van Sant has been covering the case since 2007 and takes a look at the investigation into the new suspect in "The Puzzle: Solving the Madeleine McCann Case" airing Saturday, February 27 at 10/9c on CBS.

    More than a decade has passed since 3-year-old Madeleine, on vacation with her parents and younger brother and sister in the beach resort town of Praia da Luz, Portugal, disappeared from her bed on the evening of May 3, 2007, without a trace. With local police slow to respond, Madeleine's parents, Gerry and Kate McCann, both British doctors, turned to the international press to enlist the help of the entire world in finding their daughter. Hundreds of man-hours spent searching, millions spent on international investigations, endless global media attention, thousands of false Madeleine "sightings," even a meeting with the pope, and more than 13 years of desperate hope have yielded not a single viable clue.

    So how is it that an unassuming small city prosecutor in Germany can say with absolute conviction that "…in connection with the disappearance of the 3-year-old British girl Madeleine Beth McCann …  the Braunschweig public prosecutor's office is investigating a 43-year-old German citizen on suspicion of murder.  From this you can see that we assume that the girl is dead"? When asked by Van Sant why they were so certain of this terrible outcome, Prosecutor Wolters responded, "We have strong evidence that Madeleine McCann is dead and that she was killed by our suspect, Christian B."

    Because of German law, Wolters is not allowed to use Christian Brueckner's full name nor comment on the evidence they have against him, but it is no secret that this career criminal and repeat sex offender is their prime suspect in the abduction and possible murder of Madeleine McCann. In fact, he has been on their radar for some time.

    Wolters says that in 2017, a decade after Madeleine had disappeared, a person contacted German police and gave them the suspect's name. Wolters was tight-lipped about the details but according to news reports, Christian Brueckner had allegedly made a drunken confession to a friend that he knew what had happened to Madeleine McCann.

    Germany's highest police agency conducted an investigation and what they uncovered was that Brueckner had a long and disturbing history of crime. "Christian B. is a … criminal who committed a lot of financially motivated crimes like burglary or drug trafficking," says the Germany-based crime and intelligence analyst Mark Hofmann. "But he also has a darker side," Hofmann adds.

    Brueckner has a record for possessing child pornography and has been convicted twice for sexually abusing a child. Hofmann says, "He absolutely matches the profile of a person who could potentially abduct and or kill a little girl like Madeleine McCann."

    Christian Brueckner factory

    In 2016, investigators conducted multiple searches of a deserted factory deep in the woods of Saxony Anhalt, Germany which Brueckner once owned. "48 Hours" has learned these searches were part of a broad investigation into child pornography. Hofmann says they found USB drives containing pictures and videos of child abuse buried underneath a dead dog. But what, if any, connection could they have to the Madeleine McCann case?

    "He is definitely a psychopath. And he is definitely a full-time criminal. … But the question is … is he guilty in the Maddie McCann case?" Hofmann asks.

    Learn more about Brueckner's sordid background and the evidence that may place him near or at the crime scene in Portugal in an all-new episode of "48 Hours." "The Puzzle: Solving the Madeleine McCann Case" airs Saturday, February 27 at 10/9c on CBS.


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    https://nypost.com/2022/03/21/madele...fter-11-years/

    Madeleine McCann case to be closed by London police after 11 years

    The 11-year investigation into the disappearance of British tot Madeleine McCann is set to end later this year, according to reports.

    Operation Grange, the British taxpayer-funded probe launched four years after Madeleine’s 2007 disappearance from her family’s vacation rental in Portugal, will be shut down by London’s Metropolitan Police when funding runs out this fall, the Sun reported Saturday.

    “There are currently no plans to take the inquiry further,” a source close to the matter told the outlet. “The end of the road for Operation Grange is now in sight. The team’s work is expected to be completed by autumn.”

    The decision means there’s insufficient evidence to charge the prime suspect in Madeleine’s disappearance — convicted pedophile and rapist Christian Brueckner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raisedbywolves View Post
    https://nypost.com/2022/03/21/madele...fter-11-years/

    Madeleine McCann case to be closed by London police after 11 years
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    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...uestioned.html

    EXCLUSIVE: Madeleine McCann suspect Christian Brueckner claims he is STILL waiting to be questioned about her disappearance in letter sent exclusively to MailOnline

    Christian Brueckner reveals he has yet to be questioned over Madeleine McCann
    The convicted rapist is serving seven years in Oldenburg prison, north Germany
    In a letter Brueckner has said that he hasn't 'been questioned on any allegations'

    Madeleine McCann suspect Christian Bruckner has written to MailOnline, revealing that he has yet to be questioned about her disappearance almost two years after being named as responsible for her abduction.

    Convicted rapist Brueckner, 44, was identified by German police in June 2020 with prosecutors saying they believed he had murdered her and they had 'concrete evidence' Madeleine was dead.

    But since the fanfare announcement which made headlines around the world, no charges have been brought and none appear imminent, which has only intensified the anguish for parents Kate and Gerry McCann.

    Brueckner is currently serving seven years in Oldenburg prison, northern Germany, after being convicted of raping a 72-year-old woman in 2005 in the Portuguese report of Praia da Luz, from where Madeline vanished two years later.

    In his letter – the first to a British media organisation - he said: 'I haven't been questioned on any allegations as required by German law, but it is obvious the German authorities and especially the Department of Justice, are providing the media with information about me that is likely to make me appear contemptible.

    'This also applies to the authorities at the correctional facility in which I am currently being held.'

    Then taking a swipe at the investigators he said: 'By now it should be most obvious to anyone with halfway reasonable thinking that the German authorities are trying by all means necessary to cover up the mistakes that have been made.

    'By "mistakes" I mean blatant violations of German criminal law and international human rights.

    'This statement on my part has so far only been laughed at as "wailing" which gives me an approximate insight into the hopeless situation of the Jews, or in general, of the minorities in the Second World War.'

    In his letter Brueckner makes no direct mention of Madeleine but highlights how he is constantly hearing he is being investigated for various sex crimes but that no one from the police has interviewed him about any of them.

    Besides the McCann investigation, Brueckner is also being probed over the 2004 rape of Irish tour rep Hazel Behan, who has waived her anonymity, and a sex assault on a ten-year-old girl at Praia da Luz just a month before then three-year-old Madeleine vanished.

    German authorities are adamant they have the right man, although Scotland Yard, who last month announced they were winding down their 11-year investigation into Madeleine's disappearance codenamed Operation Grange.

    Privately they are said to be dubious of any charges against Brueckner, as the only evidence against him appears to be circumstantial and from unreliable witnesses.

    However German prosecutors have insisted they will continue their investigation even though they admit they have no idea if it will end with him being charged.

    Earlier this week MailOnline revealed that the German police had revisited every major witness in an attempt to ramp up their probe.

    Hans Christian Wolters, a prosecutor in the German McCann investigation, insisted that Scotland Yard's decision would have no bearing on their work.

    He told MailOnline: 'Our investigations are independent of the British ones.

    'We have no time limit. Therefore, we have the time to investigate as long as we have investigative approaches.

    'At this moment I cannot say when the investigations will be completed but we are confident they will, and he is still seen as a prime suspect in the case.'

    His lawyer Friedrich Fulscher has always maintained his client's innocence but a source close to him said: 'While Brueckner maybe a man you would choose not to mix with socially he is not responsible for the abduction of Madeline McCann.

    'The German authorities and media have maintained a campaign against him which is purely hearsay and after two years almost he still hasn't been charged.

    'The German authorities say they have concrete evidence, but nothing has been revealed and for the sake of Madeleine's parents and Brueckner this should be revealed, if it exists at all and a decision made.'

    On May 3 it will be the 15th anniversary of then three-year old Madeleine's disappearance from her holiday apartment where she was staying with Kate and Gerry and her siblings and the couple from Rothley, Leicestershire, are to be considering continuing their hunt through private funding.

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    What the fuck are they waiting for? An engraved invitation?
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    Christian Brueckner named ?official suspect? over Madeleine McCann disappearance

    Portuguese prosecutors have named an ?official suspect? over the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, almost 15 years since she vanished.

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    Portuguese prosecutors have named Christian Brueckner an ?official suspect? over the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, almost 15 years since she vanished.
    There has been a major breakthrough in the investigation into Madeleine McCann?s disappearance.

    Christian Brueckner has been named an ?official suspect? in the case by Portuguese prosecutors, almost 15 years since the young British girl vanished while on holiday in Portugal.

    Madeleine went missing from her family?s holiday apartment in the holiday resort of Praia da Luz on May 3, 2007, just a few days before her fourth birthday.
    Brueckner has been the prime suspect since he was named by German police two years ago, with officials sensationally revealing they believed he killed the three-year-old.

    German newspaper Bild reported the 44-year-old has been named as an ?arguido? or ?official suspect? by prosecutors in Portugal, which is often followed by official charges.

    A written statement issued by the Portimao section of the Faro Department of Criminal Investigation and Prosecution (DIAP) said: ?As part of the investigation into the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of Madeleine McCann in 2007, a person was made an arguido on Wednesday.?

    Portugal?s Attorney-General?s Office and the country?s national criminal investigation police agency have yet to make any official comment.

    However, Brueckner?s lawyer, Friedrich Fulscher, spoke to the Daily Mail and denied reports his client has been charged over the young girl?s disappearance.
    ?Without knowing the Portuguese legal situation in detail, I assume that this measure is a procedural artifice to stop the statute of limitations threatening in a few days,? he said.

    Portugal officials reportedly acted in the last few days after it emerged the 44-year-old could escape charges due to Portugal?s statute of limitations kicking in for serious crimes after 15 years.

    ?The legal grounds for making Brueckner an arguido include the fact that he allegedly confessed to a friend he had snatched Madeleine and mobile phone records placed him in Praia da Luz the night she vanished,? the Daily Mail reported a ?well-placed source? saying.

    ?But it is obviously linked to the fact that the Portuguese authorities want to keep their options open with the 15-year deadline looming.?

    Brueckner is currently serving a seven-year sentence in a German prison for the 2005 rape of a 72-year-old American woman in Praia da Luz at the same resort Madeleine disappeared from.

    Earlier this year, Brueckner claimed in a series of letters from prison that it would have been ?absurd? for him to have abducted the little girl.

    In a string of letters to German TV station Sat 1 that were broadcast in February as part of a new documentary, Brueckner went further to dismiss the case against him, saying if he had been involved, it would have risked his criminal life.

    He wrote that he survived as a drug dealer and was never caught by police because he ?followed a few key principles?.

    ?Where possible, only driving during the day so that my battered ?hippy bus? didn?t attract attention, only driving on the roads I needed to and, most importantly, never provoking the police,? he wrote.

    ?So that means not committing any crimes, certainly not abducting anyone.

    ?Having said that, this was just as absurd to me at the time as starting a nuclear war or slaughtering a chicken.?

    It?s the first time Brueckner responded publicly to the various allegations from prosecutors in the German city of Braunschweig, where investigators were working with support from Scotland Yard detectives and Portuguese police.

    https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/re...a1fa54659f6eec

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    https://www.cnn.com/2022/05/05/europ...gbr/index.html

    New evidence found in Madeleine McCann case as German prosecutor is 'sure' suspect killed British girl

    A German prosecutor has said he is "sure" that Madeleine McCann -- the British girl who disappeared from a resort in Portugal in 2007 at the age of three -- was killed by suspect Christian Br?ckner.
    Hans Christian Wolters, who is investigating the case, told Portuguese broadcaster CMTV on Tuesday that investigators had found "new evidence" that connects Br?ckner, who is a convicted rapist and child sex abuser, to the child's disappearance. Br?ckner is yet to be charged.
    "The investigation is still going, and I think we found some new facts, some new evidence, not forensic evidences, but some evidence," Wolters told the broadcaster.

    "We are sure he is the murderer of Madeleine McCann," he said.

    Wolters was speaking on the 15th anniversary of the disappearance of Madeline -- who was also affectionately known by the name Maddie -- from a holiday resort in Praia da Luz, in the Algarve region, on May 3, 2007.

    She went missing from a hotel room during the evening, while her parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, were dining at a nearby restaurant.

    Searching for the truth

    Last month, Portuguese and German officials named Br?ckner, who is German but lived in the Algarve between 1995 and 2007, as an official suspect.
    It was in 2020 that prosecutors first said that they suspected Br?ckner -- who due to German privacy laws they refer to as Christian B -- had been involved in Madeline's disappearance. They said at the time they believed the child was dead.
    It was the first time Portuguese prosecutors identified a formal suspect in the case since clearing Kate and Gerry McCann, who were initially named as suspects in 2007.
    In a statement published on April 22, after Portuguese and German officials named Br?ckner as the official suspect in the case, Kate and Gerry McCann said they "welcomed" the news, as it indicated "progress" in the investigation.
    "Even though the possibility may be slim, we have not given up hope that Madeleine is still alive and we will be reunited with her," the couple said on the website set up in their search for Madeleine.
    Br?ckner, who is 45, had previously said he had been with his then-girlfriend during the whole night on which Madeleine went missing, but Wolters told CMTV he had "no alibi."
    When asked if his team of investigators had found "something belonging to Maddie" in Br?ckner's caravan, where he lived at the time, Wolters said he couldn't comment on any details, but added: "I don't want to deny it."

    Br?ckner is currently in jail in Germany for raping a woman in the same area of the Algarve region where Madeleine went missing in 2007.
    He has been connected to a string of other crimes. According to documents seen by Reuters, he burgled hotels and holiday flats, and was also caught stealing diesel from a Portuguese harbor and falsifying passports.

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