Madeleine McCann: Back in the spotlight

Carla Harmon
June 5, 2020

They are in a limbo for so many years now.

Yesterday, Kate and Gerry McCann were delivered the shattering - albeit unproven - news they had never wanted to hear.

"The public prosecutor's office in Braunschweig is investigating a 43-year-old German national on suspicion of murder".

A year before moving to the Algarve region he was reportedly convicted of two child sex crimes in Germany, the then-18-year-old serving only part of his two-year sentence.

German police added: 'There is reason to assume that there are persons who have concrete knowledge of the course of the crime and maybe also of the place where the body was left'.

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Kate and Gerry McCann's daughter was just three years old when she vanished from their holiday apartment in the resort of Praia da Luz, Portugal, on May 3 in 2007, sparking an global hunt.

It has been 13 years since Madeleine's parents returned from the tapas bar and failed to find the girl sleeping peacefully in her bed in the Portuguese holiday apartment.

Mr Wolters said Brueckner may have broken into the apartment before kidnapping her. He lived in the Algarve between 1995 and 2007.

While in Portugal he worked odd-jobs, and had experience of breaking into apartments as police said he burgled hotels and villas as well as selling drugs.

Witnesses had reported a number of sightings of suspicious men seen hanging around the Ocean Club complex in the days before the three-year-old disappeared.


"He may have confided in you about the disappearance of Madeleine". The friend is said to have tipped off police after Brueckner showed him a video of him raping an elderly woman. Police officials a year ago asked for additional funding for what's known as Operation Grange.

The first vehicle, a VW T3 camper can.

Madeleine vanished from a holiday rental in Praia da Luz when she was 3 years old.

"Following the ten-year anniversary, the Met received information about a German man who was known to have been in and around Praia da Luz".

His other vehicle, a Jaguar, was registered to someone else's name the day after the little girl vanished.


The new information was described by London Metropolitan Police as a "significant new line of enquiry", expressing belief that the new suspect might have been possibly connected to her disappearance.

Wednesday's disclosure that German police had made a breakthrough by identifying a new chief suspect in the case, which they are now treating as murder, will presumably have stunned Antonio, the fast-talking Portuguese tour guide, into a rare spell of silence.

Operation Grange still considers the case a missing person inquiry because there is no "definitive evidence whether Madeleine is alive or dead".

Gerry and Kate said: "We welcome the appeal today regarding the disappearance of our daughter, Madeleine".


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