New Suspect Identified In Madeleine McCann Case

Yolanda Curtis
June 4, 2020

Public prosecutors in Braunschweig, Germany, are investigating a 43-year-old German citizen on suspicion of murder in connection with the disappearance of 3-year-old British girl Madeleine Beth McCann in May 2007, the Federal Criminal Police Office said in a statement on Wednesday.

The family's spokesman Mitchell echoed British police in calling the suspect's identification "significant". "This is another important chapter in the search for their daughter", he added. He is now in prison for offenses unrelated to the McCann case. He said he heard about the breakthrough in the case from United Kingdom media reports, telling the paper in a doorstep interview but insisting on not being named: "It's very unusual".

They said they wouldn't give up on finding Madeleine alive and wanted to find out what happened to her so they could find peace.

They are treating the case as suspected murder.

"They do remain hopeful that she could still be found alive".

The British toddler vanished on May 3, 2007 while on vacation with her family in Portugal's Praia da Luz on the Algarve coast, only a few days before her 4th birthday.

Her disappearance sparked an worldwide search, with missing posters of the little girl's face papered across the world and celebrity appeals for information that could help track her down and bring her abductors to justice.

One was described as a distinctive VW T3 Westfalia campervan. "It had a Portuguese registration plate", the United Kingdom statement said.

"The suspect had access to this van from at least April 2007 until sometime after May 2007". Additionally, anyone with information about two mobile phone numbers, of which is believed to have been used by the man on the day of the girl's disappearance, is asked to contact the authorities.

According to The UK Sun, the suspect is linked to both the camper and a Jaguar XJR6 with German plates seen in the vicinity of the crime in 2006 and 2007. "This auto is believed to have been in the Praia da Luz and surrounding areas in 2006 and 2007". The auto was originally registered in the suspect's name.

"He may have confided in you about the disappearance of Madeleine".

They said that other people may have "concrete knowledge" of her disappearance.

He added that police are stressing that anybody who has information about the jailed suspect should feel safe to come forward.

The Metropolitan Police began reviewing McCann's disappearance in 2011, in an large-scale investigation known as Operation Grange that has cost at least £11.75m ($14.7) as of June 2019.

German police said earlier that the suspect, who lived near Praia da Luz, has been sentenced on numerous occasions to prison terms for sexual abuse of children in the past.

"It's more than 13 years since Madeleine went missing and none of us can imagine what it must be like for her family, not knowing what happened or where she is", said Detective Chief Inspector Mark Cranwell, who is leading the investigation.

United Kingdom authorities are offering a £20,000 (about $25,000) reward for information leading to the conviction of those responsible.

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