Investigators have found new evidence that German prosecutor, Hans Christian Wolters, who has been investigating the case since 2020, potentially convicted the prime suspect in the disappearance of British toddler Madeleine McCann 15 years ago.
In an interview with Portuguese TV channel CMTV on Tuesday, Wolters said that detectives believe they have found “some facts, some new evidence”: “We are sure that he (Bruckner) belongs to Madeleine McCann. is the killer.”
Child abuser and drug dealer Christian Brueckner, who was behind bars in Germany for raping a woman in the same region of Portugal’s Algarve region, was formally identified as the official suspect in 2007. Madeleine had gone missing. last month.
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It was the first time a Portuguese prosecutor had identified a suspect in the case, as Kate and Gerry McCann, Madeleine’s parents, were named suspects in 2007.
They were later cleared.
Brueckner, 45, has denied involvement in Madeleine’s disappearance from her bedroom during a family vacation.
There has been speculation that evidence relating to Madeleine was found in the camper van Brueckner used at the time of her disappearance.
Wolters was asked by a CMTV journalist if he denied those claims and he replied: “I don’t want to deny it.”
The camper van has been in German police custody since June 2020, when officers began looking for information on Brueckner.
Walters, who was not immediately available for comment, said he could not provide details of the ongoing German investigation because the suspect had not yet been notified.
He had previously told Reuters that the naming of Brueckner as a suspect in the case by Portuguese prosecutors was in order to circumvent Portugal’s 15-year statute of limitations.
“Regardless of the outcome, Madeleine will always be our daughter and a truly horrific crime has been committed,” Madeleine’s parents said in a statement Tuesday.
McCann has campaigned tirelessly to draw attention to his daughter’s disappearance, and British public figures from business tycoons to writers and football stars have appealed for the information.
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