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    Madeleine McCann: German prisoner identified as suspect

    The investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann has been given an extra year of funding by the Home Office, Sky sources say.

    The Metropolitan Police had asked for more money last month to pursue "active lines of inquiries".

    Madeleine was last seen aged three while on holiday with her parents and her brother and sister, who are twins, in Praia da Luz, Portugal, in May 2007.

    After a Portuguese inquiry into her disappearance floundered, the Met opened its own investigation, Operation Grange, in 2013, which has so far cost £11.75m.

    The Met must apply for Home Office funding every six months to continue the inquiry.

    Last November, a further £150,000 was granted.

    Kate and Gerry McCann, Madeleine's parents, have always said they will never to give up the search for their daughter.

    Last year, on the 11th anniversary of her disappearance, the couple used the official Find Madeleine Campaign Facebook page to thank supporters for their "persisting solidarity", saying it "gets harder to know what to say or write" as the years go on.

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    I do not live in the UK but, if I did, I would feel sick at the amount of money squandered on this. Just think of how many lives that could have saved. Even if they find her alive at this stage, it would not have been worth it.

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    I haven't kept up with the case but I thought it got solved with the parents themselves killed the child accidently iirc


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    I’ve been hearing about this girl for 10+ years at this point. Or atleast feels like that.

    What’s the aim now. Surely she’s not alive anymore

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slog View Post
    I’ve been hearing about this girl for 10+ years at this point. Or atleast feels like that.

    What’s the aim now. Surely she’s not alive anymore
    I think she just has very influential parents, so youu may be hearing about it for a while longer. It's really a very tragic case, but never have I seen the UK Government pour such resources into a single missing person case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shane View Post
    I think she just has very influential parents, so youu may be hearing about it for a while longer. It's really a very tragic case, but never have I seen the UK Government pour such resources into a single missing person case.
    Who are her parents? Don’t seem to have much clout?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slog View Post
    Who are her parents? Don’t seem to have much clout?
    I seem to recall they are quite wealthy people, lawyers and doctors and such. They actually did spend some of their own money on the investigation as well, but it was the damages they were awarded in the defamation case they won against the Spanish paper which accused them of being behind their daughter's disappearance.

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    To be honest, 12 million quid is a drop in the ocean for the British government. There are far bigger and far worse examples of departmental overspending going on daily. Let them keep funding this if they want to - it’s a longshot but it might just save a young girl’s life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by James View Post
    To be honest, 12 million quid is a drop in the ocean for the British government. There are far bigger and far worse examples of departmental overspending going on daily. Let them keep funding this if they want to - it’s a longshot but it might just save a young girl’s life.
    At this point her life is already screwed.

    And being dead might be better even than what is almost certainly likely in case she’s alive (trafficking)


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    you have had instances of people being rescued after more than 20 years.

    The UK is a rich country, this money is bascially a coffee for them. If we were in their position we would want the same.

    Also if they really did accidentialy kill their own kid, dont you really think they would still pursing this case?

    It's not like OJ who said he would find "nicole's killer" then ended up spending golf the entire time and never once pursed an investigation


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    Quote Originally Posted by pakistanigoneaussie View Post
    you have had instances of people being rescued after more than 20 years.

    The UK is a rich country, this money is bascially a coffee for them. If we were in their position we would want the same.

    Also if they really did accidentialy kill their own kid, dont you really think they would still pursing this case?

    It's not like OJ who said he would find "nicole's killer" then ended up spending golf the entire time and never once pursed an investigation
    It would pay for 100 doctors for an entire year. Just think how many lives that could actually save.

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    Even if she is alive she will be fifteen and remember nothing of her former life.

    Very sad.

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    A 43-year-old German prisoner who travelled around Portugal in a camper van is now the focus of Scotland Yard's investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.

    Police believe he was in the area where the three-year-old was last seen in May 2007.

    They are appealing for information about the van and the suspect's other vehicle, a Jaguar.

    The man transferred it to someone else's name the day after she vanished.

    "Someone out there knows a lot more than they're letting on," said DCI Mark Cranwell, who's leading the Met inquiry.

    The force said it remained a "missing persons" investigation because it doesn't have "definitive evidence" as to whether Madeleine is alive or not.

    However, German investigators at the Federal Criminal Police Office, the Bundeskriminalamt (BKA), have classed it as a "murder inquiry".

    Scotland Yard said the German authorities had taken the lead on this aspect of the case because the German suspect was in custody in their country.

    Detectives said the suspect, who is not being named, was in jail for an "unrelated matter" and had "previous convictions", but they declined to supply more details.

    'Critical' information
    An appeal on German television was broadcast this evening at 19:15 BST.

    DCI Cranwell said the prisoner, then aged 30, frequented the Algarve between 1995 and 2007, staying for "days upon end" in his camper van and living a "transient lifestyle".

    He was in the Praia de Luz area where the McCann family was staying when she disappeared and received a phone call at 7.32pm, which ended at 8.02pm.

    The suspect transferred the registration of this 1993 Jaguar XJR6 to someone else the day after Madeleine disappeared
    Police have released details of the suspect's phone number and the number he dialled saying any information about them could be "critical" to the inquiry.

    They also want the person who called the suspect to come forward.

    "They're a key witness and we urge them to get in touch," said DCI Cranwell.

    "Some people will know the man we're describing today... you may be aware of some of the things he's done," he said.

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

    "More than 13 years have passed and your loyalties may have changed," he added.

    "Now is the time to come forward."

    Police said the suspect was one of 600 people that detectives on the inquiry, known as Operation Grange, originally looked at, though he had not been a suspect.

    After an appeal in 2017, "significant" fresh information about him was provided.

    Since then, Met detectives have carried out "extensive inquiries" in Portugal and Germany in order to gather more details about him.

    Scotland Yard said they were trying to "prove or disprove" his involvement in the case and retained an "open mind".

    The Madeleine McCann case: a timeline

    3 May 2007: Alarm is raised after Madeleine is found to be missing
    September 2007: Kate and Gerry McCann are made "arguidos" - formal suspects - in their daughter's disappearance
    July 2008: Portuguese police halt their investigation and lift the "arguido" status of the McCanns and another man, Robert Murat
    May 2011: Prime Minister David Cameron asks the Metropolitan Police to help investigate. A two-year review follows
    March 2012: Portuguese police launch a review of the original investigation
    July 2013: Scotland Yard says it has "new evidence and new witnesses" in the case and opens a formal investigation into Madeleine's disappearance
    October 2013: Detectives in Portugal reopen the investigation, citing "new lines of inquiry"
    January 2014: British detectives fly to Portugal amid claims they are planning to make arrests
    December 2014: Detectives question 11 people who it was thought may have information on the case
    September 2015: The British government discloses that the investigation has cost more than £10m
    February 2017: Portugal's Supreme Court dismisses a long-running libel case against Goncalo Amaral, former head of the local police investigation, ruling that his book, which alleged the McCanns disposed of Madeleine's body, is protected by freedom of expression laws
    April 2017: The only four official suspects investigated by police are ruled out of the investigation but senior officers say they are pursuing a "significant line of inquiry"
    November 2018: An extra £150,000 is granted to continue the investigation. It is the latest in a series of six-month extensions which take the cost of Operation Grange to an estimated £11.75m
    March 2019: Netflix screens an eight-part documentary about Madeleine's disappearance. Her parents, who did not participate in the film, feel it could "potentially hinder" the police investigation
    June 2019: The UK government says it will fund the Met Police inquiry, which began in 2011, until March 2020
    June 2020: Police reveal that a 43-year-old German prisoner has been identified as a suspect in Madeleine's disappearance

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    From what I have read, it looks very promising. Scotland Yard are really banking on someone to come forward and confirm that this man has something to do with the disappearance of Madeleine McCann

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rana View Post
    From what I have read, it looks very promising. Scotland Yard are really banking on someone to come forward and confirm that this man has something to do with the disappearance of Madeleine McCann
    who can remember for certain - she went missing 13yrs ago in 2007, how can you identify if this german man - from now to back in 2007, he will have to have like a specific mark - to identify him


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    Quote Originally Posted by finalfantasy7 View Post
    who can remember for certain - she went missing 13yrs ago in 2007, how can you identify if this german man - from now to back in 2007, he will have to have like a specific mark - to identify him
    From what I have read, they have put out all the relevant information out there which would be enough for anyone who knows him to recall him. They are doing it smartly by not sabotaging the investigation by publicly naming him and then for the media to make a mess of it. But the media are smart and they will unearth who he is very soon.

    Let’s just hope this doesn’t turn out to become a false lead like the parents and also the weirdo who lived nearby

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rana View Post
    From what I have read, they have put out all the relevant information out there which would be enough for anyone who knows him to recall him. They are doing it smartly by not sabotaging the investigation by publicly naming him and then for the media to make a mess of it. But the media are smart and they will unearth who he is very soon.

    Let’s just hope this doesn’t turn out to become a false lead like the parents and also the weirdo who lived nearby
    It could be some prisoner making up stories which were then reported to the prison authorities.

    Lets hope the person is caught soon, even though Id highly unlikely Madeleine is still alive.


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    Quote Originally Posted by KingKhanWC View Post
    It could be some prisoner making up stories which were then reported to the prison authorities.

    Lets hope the person is caught soon, even though Id highly unlikely Madeleine is still alive.
    I don’t think this man has admitted to anything. It’s police who identified that he was in the area at the time even though he had left it a year ago and then he registered a jaguar to someone else the day after her disappearance.

    It’s got to be something serious if BBC are the ones breaking out the story.

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    Police are appealing for the public's help in solving the Madeleine McCann case, after they announced a child sex offender was the new suspect.

    The 43-year-old German man, who has not been named, is currently serving a prison sentence.

    He is believed to have been in the area where Madeleine was last seen, when she disappeared in Portugal 13 years ago.

    "Someone out there knows a lot more than they're letting on," said the officer leading the Met Police inquiry.

    The Met Police, who are working with German and Portuguese police, said the case remained a "missing persons" investigation because it does not have "definitive evidence" as to whether Madeleine is alive or not.

    However, German investigators have classed it as a murder inquiry.

    "There is reason to assume that there are other persons, apart from the suspect, who have concrete knowledge of the course of the crime and maybe also of the place where the body was left," said German police.

    The suspect has been described as white with short blond hair and about 6ft tall with a slim build at the time.

    Police have also released photos of two vehicles - a VW camper van and a Jaguar car - which are believed to be linked to the man, as well as a house in Portugal.

    The day after Madeleine vanished in 2007, the suspect transferred the Jaguar to someone else's name.

    On Wednesday, Germany's federal criminal police office - which is leading this stage of the case - said the man was serving a jail sentence for a sex crime.

    He has two previous convictions for "sexual contact with girls", the office added.

    The McCann family's spokesman Clarence Mitchell described the latest development as "significant", saying that in 13 years he couldn't "recall an instance when the police had been so specific about an individual".

    He told BBC Breakfast: "Of all the thousands of leads and potential suspects that have been mentioned in the past, there has never been something as clear cut as that from not just one, but three police forces."

    New suspect identified in Madeleine McCann case
    Madeleine was aged three when she went missing from an apartment in Praia da Luz on the evening of 3 May 2007, while her parents were with friends at a nearby tapas bar.

    Her disappearance sparked a huge and costly police hunt across much of Europe - the most recent Metropolitan Police investigation, which began in 2011, has cost more than £11m.

    Det Ch Insp Mark Cranwell, who is in charge of the Met investigation, said the suspect, then aged 30, frequented the Algarve between 1995 and 2007, staying for "days upon end" in his camper van and living a "transient lifestyle".

    He was in the Praia de Luz area where the McCann family was staying when she disappeared and received a phone call at 7.32pm, which ended at 8.02pm. Madeleine is believed to have disappeared between 9.10pm and 10pm that evening.

    Police have released details of the suspect's phone number (+351 912 730 680) and the number which dialled him (+351 916 510 683), and said any information about these numbers could be "critical".

    Det Ch Insp Cranwell said the caller was a "key witness" and should get in touch.

    And appealing to the public for details about the suspect, he added: "Some people will know the man we are describing today, the suspect in our investigation. I'm appealing to you directly.

    "You may know, you may be aware of some of the things he has done. He may have confided in you about the disappearance of Madeleine.

    "More than 13 years have passed and your loyalties may have changed.

    "This individual is in prison and we are conscious that some people may have been concerned about contacting police in the past. Now is the time to come forward."

    German police said the suspect is thought to have worked jobs including as a waiter, but also committed burglaries in hotels and holiday resorts and dealt drugs.

    Christian Hoppe, from the German police, said the suspect may have broken into an apartment before spontaneously kidnapping Madeleine.



    https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-52916137
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    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...ars-later.html

    Some more details. This isn't looking good. Regardless of the outcome, there are some sick freaks out there in the world!

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    If this man is convicted with sufficient proof, we must then hand it to the Germans! Most professional country in Europe for pretty much everything.

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    People need closure, the mystery and the fact of not knowing is what kills the loved ones. Reminds me of the natalee holloway case in Aruba which was trending in 2005 when I visited the US

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    This case and flight MH370 have always intrigued me the most. I would dearly love to see them solved in my lifetime

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    German public prosecutors have said they believe Madeleine McCann is dead and police are treating her disappearance as a murder investigation.

    Officers have named the convicted child sex offender only as Christian B and have not revealed his surname for legal reasons.

    A spokesman for Madeleine's parents said they believe the identification of the 43-year-old German suspect is "the most significant development in 13 years".

    Braunschweig state prosecutor Hans Christian Wolters said: "The public prosecutor's office in Braunschweig is investigating a 43-year-old German national on suspicion of murder.

    "From this you can see that we assume that the girl is dead.

    "With the suspect, we are talking about a sexual predator who has already been convicted of crimes against little girls and he's already serving a long sentence."

    German police had said earlier they did not believe the murder was premeditated and the suspect was involved in crimes like break-ins and burglary.

    Clarence Mitchell, spokesman for Madeleine's parents Kate and Gerry, told Sky News the couple have never given up hope that she is still alive as "they simply want to know what happened" to their daughter.

    He said: "From everything police are saying and doing, this would appear to be the most significant lead that they are trying to close down in the 13 years since Madeleine disappeared."

    Mr Mitchell continued: "(Madeleine's parents) are realistic, they simply want to know what happened to their daughter.

    "That's always been the case, they want whoever is responsible for her disappearance to be brought to justice.

    "They do remain hopeful that she could still be found alive. They've never given up on that hope, nor will they until they are presented with any incontrovertible evidence to the contrary.

    "But they say despite all that, whatever the outcome of this particular line of enquiry might be, they need to know and they need to find peace."

    Madeleine vanished from her bedroom on 3 May 2007 during a family holiday in the Algarve, Portugal, while her parents were dining with friends nearby in the resort of Praia da Luz.

    British and German police appealed for information on Wednesday about a convicted paedophile currently serving time in prison in his home country for sexual offences.

    The 43-year-old's name was given to the Metropolitan Police in 2017 after the 10th anniversary of Madeleine's disappearance.

    Mr Mitchell said both the German and British police believe there are people out there who know what happened to Madeleine.

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

    The man, who has not been named by police, is described as white with short blond hair and about 6ft tall with a slim build at the time Madeleine vanished shortly before her fourth birthday.

    Sky News' crime correspondent Martin Brunt said: "This man came back into the frame in 2017 as a result of an alleged confession.

    "I understand he was in a bar in Germany with another man, around the tenth anniversary of Madeleine's disappearance. A report came on the TV about the anniversary of Madeleine's disappearance and he said something to suggest that he knew what happened.

    "He also allegedly showed a video of himself raping a woman. Video of the rape led to an investigation that last year meant he was convicted of the rape of a tourist on the Algarve in around 2005.

    "That is what brought him back into the frame."

    Police are also appealing for information about the movements of two vehicles linked to the suspect during the period around the girl's disappearance.

    Both cars, a Volkswagen camper van and a Jaguar, are now in the possession of German police.

    The suspect had the Jaguar re-registered in Germany under someone else's name the day after Madeleine went missing, although it is believed the vehicle was still in Portugal.

    German police said the suspect lived in the Algarve between 1995 and 2007.

    They added he lived in a house near Praia da Luz for several years and burgled hotels and holiday flats as well as trading drugs.

    He is also said to have worked odd jobs, particularly in gastronomy, in the nearby town of Lagos.

    The suspect had lived in the Germany city of Braunschweig before going abroad.

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    Listening on BBC news, the German broadcaster states that the police found some evidence during his incarceration which enabled them to push on with him as a main suspect. He was already under investigation for some years before this.

    This looks serious

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    The new suspect in the Madeleine McCann investigation allegedly confessed his part in her disappearance to a man in a bar.

    They were sitting in a German bar when a news report about Madeleine's disappearance came on TV.

    The suspect, a 43-year-old German named by prosecutors as Christian B, allegedly said something to suggest he was responsible for her going missing.

    The suspect is said to have confessed after seeing a news report on Maddie's disappearance on the TV. File pic
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    The suspect is said to have confessed after seeing a news report on Maddie's disappearance on the TV. File pic
    Later, he showed his companion a video of himself raping an elderly woman, an American tourist, in Portugal in 2005.

    That prompted the informant to call German police to alert them to the suspect around the time of the 10th anniversary of Madeleine's disappearance.

    He was already in jail in Germany, being investigated for alleged child sex abuse crimes.

    Last year, he was convicted of the rape in the Algarve and jailed for eight years.

    German police have since said that the suspect has previous convictions for child sex abuse.

    It is quite extraordinary for police to reveal such detail in the course of such a complex and high profile investigation.

    But it shows that after three years, though they have a good deal of circumstantial evidence against the suspect, they are struggling to find hard evidence.

    The distinctive VW camper van he was using at the time of Madeleine's disappearance - on 3 May, 2007 - was located and shipped to Germany for forensic examination.

    It has not produced any evidence of her presence, but tests continue.

    German police have the Jaguar car the suspect was also using at the time, and it is thought that too, has not given the clues that were hoped for.

    The suspect was 30 at the time and living in a small, remote rented house a couple of miles from Praia da Luz.

    He moved in with his girlfriend, but they later split and he travelled back and forth to Germany, eventually leaving the property and, police think, living in his camper van.

    I spoke to the English owner of the house he rented until he disappeared in 2006.

    The owner wants to remain anonymous, but said: "My wife and I moved back to the UK in 1992. The house was lent out to friends, and friends of friends, in order to maintain occupancy, look after the land pay the bills.

    "The house was occupied for a period of time by what seemed like an ordinary young couple trying to get by in Portugal.

    "Living in England, we had relatively little interaction besides talk of the house, the land and any maintenance issues. We met in person when passing through on family holidays to the Algarve.

    "At a later date we discovered that the man's girlfriend had parted company and returned to Germany.

    "In 2006, my neighbour contacted me in the UK to say that the house had been left ramshackled and abandoned with no sign of occupancy.

    "We returned to Portugal and reported the disappearance to the Portuguese police and later discovered that he may have been arrested, details unknown.

    "This was the last we heard from him until about a year ago when we were contacted by the UK and Portuguese police requesting what information we had as they were following a new line of enquiry relating to this person. "

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    My blood starts to boil when I think of people hurting children.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    The new suspect in the Madeleine McCann investigation allegedly confessed his part in her disappearance to a man in a bar.

    They were sitting in a German bar when a news report about Madeleine's disappearance came on TV.

    The suspect, a 43-year-old German named by prosecutors as Christian B, allegedly said something to suggest he was responsible for her going missing.

    The suspect is said to have confessed after seeing a news report on Maddie's disappearance on the TV. File pic
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    The suspect is said to have confessed after seeing a news report on Maddie's disappearance on the TV. File pic
    Later, he showed his companion a video of himself raping an elderly woman, an American tourist, in Portugal in 2005.

    That prompted the informant to call German police to alert them to the suspect around the time of the 10th anniversary of Madeleine's disappearance.

    He was already in jail in Germany, being investigated for alleged child sex abuse crimes.

    Last year, he was convicted of the rape in the Algarve and jailed for eight years.

    German police have since said that the suspect has previous convictions for child sex abuse.

    It is quite extraordinary for police to reveal such detail in the course of such a complex and high profile investigation.

    But it shows that after three years, though they have a good deal of circumstantial evidence against the suspect, they are struggling to find hard evidence.

    The distinctive VW camper van he was using at the time of Madeleine's disappearance - on 3 May, 2007 - was located and shipped to Germany for forensic examination.

    It has not produced any evidence of her presence, but tests continue.

    German police have the Jaguar car the suspect was also using at the time, and it is thought that too, has not given the clues that were hoped for.

    The suspect was 30 at the time and living in a small, remote rented house a couple of miles from Praia da Luz.

    He moved in with his girlfriend, but they later split and he travelled back and forth to Germany, eventually leaving the property and, police think, living in his camper van.

    I spoke to the English owner of the house he rented until he disappeared in 2006.

    The owner wants to remain anonymous, but said: "My wife and I moved back to the UK in 1992. The house was lent out to friends, and friends of friends, in order to maintain occupancy, look after the land pay the bills.

    "The house was occupied for a period of time by what seemed like an ordinary young couple trying to get by in Portugal.

    "Living in England, we had relatively little interaction besides talk of the house, the land and any maintenance issues. We met in person when passing through on family holidays to the Algarve.

    "At a later date we discovered that the man's girlfriend had parted company and returned to Germany.

    "In 2006, my neighbour contacted me in the UK to say that the house had been left ramshackled and abandoned with no sign of occupancy.

    "We returned to Portugal and reported the disappearance to the Portuguese police and later discovered that he may have been arrested, details unknown.

    "This was the last we heard from him until about a year ago when we were contacted by the UK and Portuguese police requesting what information we had as they were following a new line of enquiry relating to this person. "

    https://news.sky.com/story/madeleine...erman-12000267
    The thing is, there have been many in the past who claim to know things. Even some who apparently claim to have met the girl, but the police never ever opened up a serious investigation based on those mere claims.

    This one is pointing in all the wrong directions for the accused.

    -claims to know what happened to the girl
    -was in the area an hour before the abduction (proven through phone records)
    -changed the registration of his vehicle the day after her abduction
    -is a convicted pedophile
    -Has a history of burgling holiday homes.
    -Has committed a rape in Pria de Luz before

    The most solid lead since the parents were accused

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rana View Post
    From what I have read, they have put out all the relevant information out there which would be enough for anyone who knows him to recall him. They are doing it smartly by not sabotaging the investigation by publicly naming him and then for the media to make a mess of it. But the media are smart and they will unearth who he is very soon.

    Let’s just hope this doesn’t turn out to become a false lead like the parents and also the weirdo who lived nearby
    seen the picture on daily mail of him, his bleech blonde natural hair is really the only main thing sticking out


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    The Metropolitan Police has received more than 270 calls and emails since launching a new appeal about the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.

    Detective Chief Inspector Mark Cranwell says Scotland Yard is "pleased" with the information coming into the incident room, and is assessing and prioritising the new leads.

    On Wednesday night, details about the latest suspect in the little girl's disappearance - named only as Christian B for legal reasons - was shared by British, German and Portuguese authorities.

    In separate developments, it has been alleged that the 43-year-old German told a man in a bar that he was involved in Madeleine going missing from her bedroom during a family holiday in the Algarve in May 2007.

    He also showed his companion a video of himself raping a 72-year-old American tourist in 2005.

    Last December, he was convicted of that attack and jailed for seven years - and it has also been confirmed that he has previous convictions for child sexual abuse.

    Public prosecutors in Germany have said that they believe Madeleine is dead, and police there are treating her disappearance as a murder investigation.

    British police still consider the case as a missing person inquiry, because there is "no definitive evidence whether Madeleine is alive or dead".

    German prosecutor hold Madeleine McCann presser

    'We think Madeleine McCann is dead'

    Describing Christian B in further detail, Braunschweig state prosecutor Hans Christian Wolters said: "We are talking about a sexual predator who has already been convicted of crimes against little girls and he's already serving a long sentence."

    Mr Wolters added that the suspect regularly lived in the Algarve between 1995 and 2007, and mostly funded his lifestyle by committing crimes - including thefts in hotel complexes and apartments.

    German police have said they do not believe the murder was premeditated.

    Sky's crime correspondent Martin Brunt said: "It is quite extraordinary for police to reveal such detail in the course of such a complex and high profile investigation.

    "But it shows that after three years, though they have a good deal of circumstantial evidence against the suspect, they are struggling to find hard evidence."

    Clarence Mitchell, a spokesman for Madeleine's parents Kate and Gerry, told Sky News: "From everything police are saying and doing, this would appear to be the most significant lead that they are trying to close down in the 13 years since Madeleine disappeared."

    He said that the couple remain hopeful that their daughter could be found alive, but added: "They are realistic, they simply want to know what happened to their daughter."

    Mr Mitchell also said that both the German and British police believe there are people who know what happened to her - and stressed anyone who has information about the jailed suspect should feel safe enough to come forward.

    Madeleine vanished from her bedroom on 3 May 2007 while Kate and Gerry McCann were dining with friends nearby in the resort of Praia da Luz.

    The name of the latest suspect was given to the Metropolitan Police in 2017 - 10 years after the three-year-old's disappearance.

    He has been described as white with short blond hair and about 6ft tall with a slim build.

    Police are also appealing for information about the movements of two vehicles linked to Christian B during the period around Madeleine going missing.

    Both cars - a Volkswagen camper van and a Jaguar - are now in the possession of German police.

    The suspect had the Jaguar re-registered in Germany under someone else's name the day after Madeleine went missing.

    Although both vehicles have been forensically examined, they have not produced any evidence of Madeleine's presence.

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    German public prosecutors have said they believe Madeleine McCann is dead and police are treating her disappearance as a murder investigation.

    Officers have named the convicted child sex offender only as Christian B and have not revealed his surname for legal reasons.

    A spokesman for Madeleine's parents said they believe the identification of the 43-year-old German suspect is "the most significant development in 13 years".

    Braunschweig state prosecutor Hans Christian Wolters said: "The public prosecutor's office in Braunschweig is investigating a 43-year-old German national on suspicion of murder.

    "From this you can see that we assume that the girl is dead.

    "With the suspect, we are talking about a sexual predator who has already been convicted of crimes against little girls and he's already serving a long sentence."

    German police had said earlier they did not believe the murder was premeditated and the suspect was involved in crimes like break-ins and burglary.

    Clarence Mitchell, spokesman for Madeleine's parents Kate and Gerry, told Sky News the couple have never given up hope that she is still alive as "they simply want to know what happened" to their daughter.

    He said: "From everything police are saying and doing, this would appear to be the most significant lead that they are trying to close down in the 13 years since Madeleine disappeared."

    Mr Mitchell continued: "(Madeleine's parents) are realistic, they simply want to know what happened to their daughter.

    "That's always been the case, they want whoever is responsible for her disappearance to be brought to justice.

    "They do remain hopeful that she could still be found alive. They've never given up on that hope, nor will they until they are presented with any incontrovertible evidence to the contrary.

    "But they say despite all that, whatever the outcome of this particular line of enquiry might be, they need to know and they need to find peace."

    Madeleine vanished from her bedroom on 3 May 2007 during a family holiday in the Algarve, Portugal, while her parents were dining with friends nearby in the resort of Praia da Luz.

    British and German police appealed for information on Wednesday about a convicted paedophile currently serving time in prison in his home country for sexual offences.

    The 43-year-old's name was given to the Metropolitan Police in 2017 after the 10th anniversary of Madeleine's disappearance.

    Mr Mitchell said both the German and British police believe there are people out there who know what happened to Madeleine.

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

    The man, who has not been named by police, is described as white with short blond hair and about 6ft tall with a slim build at the time Madeleine vanished shortly before her fourth birthday.

    Sky News' crime correspondent Martin Brunt said: "This man came back into the frame in 2017 as a result of an alleged confession.

    "I understand he was in a bar in Germany with another man, around the tenth anniversary of Madeleine's disappearance. A report came on the TV about the anniversary of Madeleine's disappearance and he said something to suggest that he knew what happened.

    "He also allegedly showed a video of himself raping a woman. Video of the rape led to an investigation that last year meant he was convicted of the rape of a tourist on the Algarve in around 2005.

    "That is what brought him back into the frame."

    Police are also appealing for information about the movements of two vehicles linked to the suspect during the period around the girl's disappearance.

    Both cars, a Volkswagen camper van and a Jaguar, are now in the possession of German police.

    The suspect had the Jaguar re-registered in Germany under someone else's name the day after Madeleine went missing, although it is believed the vehicle was still in Portugal.

    German police said the suspect lived in the Algarve between 1995 and 2007.

    They added he lived in a house near Praia da Luz for several years and burgled hotels and holiday flats as well as trading drugs.

    He is also said to have worked odd jobs, particularly in gastronomy, in the nearby town of Lagos.

    The suspect had lived in the Germany city of Braunschweig before going abroad.

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    Once again the media brainwashing society into believing Madeleine McCann's life mattered above other missing children.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Technics 1210 View Post
    Once again the media brainwashing society into believing Madeleine McCann's life mattered above other missing children.
    It does not matter more than any child but you wouldn’t want her to be neglected either. This could be anyone’s child. I pray that she is found, or some kind of closure is given to the parents/public on her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rana View Post
    It does not matter more than any child but you wouldn’t want her to be neglected either. This could be anyone’s child. I pray that she is found, or some kind of closure is given to the parents/public on her.
    In this case the parents are to blame for neglect. Who leaves 3 children in a room, so that the parents and go have fun? These parents don't need closure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Technics 1210 View Post
    In this case the parents are to blame for neglect. Who leaves 3 children in a room, so that the parents and go have fun? These parents don't need closure.
    They failed their kids, but they don’t deserve to be punished for that mistake for 13 years now. Parents neglect is no excuse for sexual predators to break into homes and abduct innocent children. What’s happened has happened now, we’ve got to pray for the safety of the child or a closure, that she isn’t coming back.

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    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.

    German prosecutors have said they are assuming Madeleine is dead and that the suspect is being investigated on suspicion of murder.

    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.

    'Disturbing comment'

    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.

    The official added that the investigation linking Christian B to the Madeleine McCann case was now reliant on the help of the public to find clear evidence.

    On Thursday, German prosecutors said the suspect was "a sexual predator who has already been convicted of crimes against little girls" and was "serving a long sentence".

    Hans Christian Wolters, from the Braunschweig Public Prosecutor's Office, said the suspect was regularly living in the Algarve between 1995 and 2007 and had jobs in the area, including in catering, but also committed burglaries in hotels and dealt drugs.

    The Met Police, who are working with their German and Portuguese counterparts, said the case remained a "missing persons" investigation in the UK because it does not have "definitive evidence" as to whether Madeleine is alive or not.

    Clarence Mitchell, a spokesman for Madeleine's family, said her parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, from Rothley, Leicestershire, are "trying to maintain as normal a life as possible" and awaiting updates from police.

    "Two-hundred-and-seventy calls and emails isn't a bad result, given it was 13 years ago," he said.

    "They certainly will be encouraged to know the appeal is yielding results already and hopefully within that there will be crucial bits of information the police can act upon."

    Det Ch Insp Mark Cranwell, who is leading the Met's investigation, known as Operation Grange,said he was "pleased" with information coming in after receiving more than 270 calls and emails by 16:00 GMT on Thursday.

    Police have also released photos of two vehicles - a VW camper van and a Jaguar car - which are believed to be linked to the man, as well as a house in Portugal.

    The day after Madeleine vanished in 2007, the suspect transferred the Jaguar to someone else's name.

    He was in the Praia da Luz area where the McCann family was staying when she disappeared and received a phone call at 19:32, which ended at 20:02. Madeleine is believed to have disappeared between 21:10 and 22:00 that evening.

    Police have released details of the suspect's phone number (+351 912 730 680) and the number which dialled him (+351 916 510 683), and said any information about these numbers could be "critical".

    Madeleine went missing shortly before her fourth birthday from an apartment in Praia da Luz on the evening of 3 May 2007 while her parents were with friends at a nearby tapas bar.

    Her disappearance sparked a huge and costly police hunt across much of Europe - the most recent Metropolitan Police investigation, which began in 2011, has cost more than £11m.

    The Madeleine McCann case: a timeline

    3 May 2007: Alarm is raised after Madeleine is found to be missing
    September 2007: Kate and Gerry McCann are made "arguidos" - formal suspects - in their daughter's disappearance
    July 2008: Portuguese police halt their investigation and lift the "arguido" status of the McCanns and another man, Robert Murat
    May 2011: Prime Minister David Cameron asks the Metropolitan Police to help investigate. A two-year review follows
    March 2012: Portuguese police launch a review of the original investigation
    July 2013: Scotland Yard says it has "new evidence and new witnesses" in the case and opens a formal investigation into Madeleine's disappearance
    October 2013: Detectives in Portugal reopen the investigation, citing "new lines of inquiry"
    January 2014: British detectives fly to Portugal amid claims they are planning to make arrests
    December 2014: Detectives question 11 people who it was thought may have information on the case
    September 2015: The British government discloses that the investigation has cost more than £10m
    February 2017: Portugal's Supreme Court dismisses a long-running libel case against Goncalo Amaral, former head of the local police investigation, ruling that his book, which alleged the McCanns disposed of Madeleine's body, is protected by freedom of expression laws
    April 2017: The only four official suspects investigated by police are ruled out of the investigation but senior officers say they are pursuing a "significant line of inquiry"
    November 2018: An extra £150,000 is granted to continue the investigation. It is the latest in a series of six-month extensions which take the cost of Operation Grange to an estimated £11.75m
    March 2019: Netflix screens an eight-part documentary about Madeleine's disappearance. Her parents, who did not participate in the film, feel it could "potentially hinder" the police investigation
    June 2019: The UK government says it will fund the Met Police inquiry, which began in 2011, until March 2020
    June 2020: Police reveal that a 43-year-old German prisoner has been identified as a suspect in Madeleine's disappearance

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rana View Post
    They failed their kids, but they don’t deserve to be punished for that mistake for 13 years now. Parents neglect is no excuse for sexual predators to break into homes and abduct innocent children. What’s happened has happened now, we’ve got to pray for the safety of the child or a closure, that she isn’t coming back.
    I agree at the time of the disappearance, the initial criticism of parental neglect was justified. But no point hammering this point on a daily basis after 13 years.

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    German police are said to be investigating the new Madeleine McCann suspect for possible involvement in the disappearance of a boy in Portugal in 1996.

    They are re-examining the disappearance of Rene Hasee, according to German media.

    The then six-year-old from Elsdorf, Germany, went missing from a beach while on holiday with his family in the Portuguese Algarve.

    It follows the launch of an investigation into whether the suspect was involved in the disappearance of another child - Inga Gehricke.

    The five-year-old vanished during a family barbecue in the Saxony-Anhalt region on 2 May 2015.

    She is thought to have wandered into a forest in search of firewood, and is known by German media as "the German Maddie".

    Officers have named the suspect - a convicted child sex offender - only as Christian B and have not revealed his surname for legal reasons.

    A Sky News investigation discovered last year that he was already being considered as a potential suspect for Inga's disappearance.

    It is understood his home was searched by police in 2016, but no action was taken.

    He reportedly had a property around 60 miles (100km) southwest of Stendal in the town of Neuwegersleben when Inga disappeared.

    A year later, he became a suspect in the Madeleine case after police were tipped off by a man who claimed Christian B had indicated he was responsible for her abduction.

    Christian B is currently in a German prison serving a seven-year sentence for the rape of a 72-year-old American woman in Portugal 15 years ago. He was convicted of the offence at Braunschweig District Court in December last year.

    The suspect had lived in the Germany city of Braunschweig before going abroad.

    Madeleine was nearly four when she vanished from her bedroom on 3 May 2007 during a family holiday in the Algarve, Portugal, while her parents were dining with friends nearby in the resort of Praia da Luz.

    German police said he lived in the Algarve between 1995 and 2007.

    Sky News' crime correspondent Martin Brunt said: "This man came back into the frame in 2017 as a result of an alleged confession.

    "I understand he was in a bar in Germany with another man, around the tenth anniversary of Madeleine's disappearance. A report came on the TV about the anniversary of Madeleine's disappearance and he said something to suggest that he knew what happened.

    "He also allegedly showed a video of himself raping a woman. Video of the rape led to an investigation that last year meant he was convicted of the rape of a tourist on the Algarve in around 2005.

    "That is what brought him back into the frame."

    'We think Madeleine McCann is dead'

    A spokesman for Madeleine's parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, said they believe the identification of the German suspect is "the most significant development in 13 years".

    Clarence Mitchell, a spokesman for Madeleine's family, said her parents are "trying to maintain as normal a life as possible" and awaiting updates from police.

    German public prosecutors said on Thursday they believe Madeleine is dead and police are treating her disappearance as a murder investigation.

    Police have appealed for anyone with information about the suspect to come forward, including about the movements of two vehicles linked to him during the period around Madeleine's disappearance.

    Both cars, a Volkswagen camper van and a Jaguar, are now in the possession of German police.

    The suspect had the Jaguar re-registered in Germany under someone else's name the day after Madeleine went missing, although it is believed the vehicle was still in Portugal.

    The Metropolitan Police has received more than 270 calls and emails since launching the new appeal.

    Detective Chief Inspector Mark Cranwell says Scotland Yard is "pleased" with the information coming into the incident room, and is assessing and prioritising the new leads.

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

    https://news.sky.com/story/madeleine...child-12001457


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    Another update from SkyNews

    German authorities reportedly ignored warnings from their own police seven years ago that suspect Christian B could have abducted and killed Madeleine McCann.

    A report from detectives monitoring Christian B identified him as a key suspect in the Madeleine mystery, but it was ignored by Germany's Federal Criminal Office, according to news magazine Der Spiegel.

    The 2013 police report was triggered after British detectives made a new appeal in the Madeleine case on a German Crimewatch-style TV show.

    Scotland Yard had just launched its own investigation and was appealing to European tourists who might have been in Portugal when Madeline vanished from the family's holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in 2007.

    The report was sent to federal police HQ by police in Braunschweig, who were monitoring Christian B's criminal behaviour. By that time he already had convictions for child sex abuse.
    Der Spiegel writes: "One person did submit a tip about Christian B, but the resulting report from police in Braunschweig to the Federal Office of Criminal Investigation was apparently not acted upon, much to the consternation of the local investigators."


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    Almost 400 tip-offs about the disappearance of Madeleine McCann have been handed to British police since a new suspect was identified on Wednesday.

    The convicted German child sex offender, named in reports as Christian B, remains in prison in Germany for another offence.

    German police said they believe Madeleine is dead, but British police are continuing to treat her disappearance from a holiday resort in Praia da Luz, Portugal, in 2007 as a missing persons inquiry.

    Referring to the Met Police's active investigation, a spokesman said: "The Op Grange team have had just short of 400 pieces of information through, in calls and emails."

    Madeleine's parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, from Rothley, Leicestershire, welcomed the new appeal, saying they would "never give up hope of finding Madeleine alive".

    Their spokesman, Clarence Mitchell, said on Friday: "They certainly will be encouraged to know the appeal is yielding results already and hopefully within that there will be crucial bits of information the police can act upon."

    According to the Mail on Sunday, one alleged witness claims to have spotted Madeleine getting into a German-owned VW van with a man just weeks after her disappearance.

    The newspaper says a police file it has uncovered describes how Madeleine was seen leaving a restaurant in the Spanish seaside town of Alcossebre - some 600 miles from Praia da Luz - before getting into the vehicle.

    Christian B is believed to have been living out of a VW T3 Westfalia campervan at the time Madeleine went missing, British police have said.

    Meanwhile, German prosecutors are reportedly looking into links between Christian B and the disappearance of two other children.

    They have contacted the family of Rene Hasse, a six-year-old boy who went missing in 1996 from a beach while on holiday in Portugal's Algarve, German media has reported.

    They are also looking into whether Christian B was involved in the disappearance of Inga Gehricke, who was five years old when she vanished from a forest during a family barbecue in Germany's Saxony-Anhalt region in 2015.

    Prosecutors in the northern German town of Stendal confirmed they are looking into possible connections between the cases of Madeleine and Inga - known as the German Maddie - but Christian B is not currently a suspect in the Inga case.

    He reportedly had a property in Neuwegersleben, a town about 60 miles southwest of Stendal.

    Reports suggest other police forces across Europe are looking into unsolved child murders in their own countries, following up any possibilities that they might also have involved Christian B.

    According to The Sunday Telegraph, the Belgian public prosecutor's office is investigating whether Christian B was connected to the murder of 16-year-old Carola Titze in 1996.

    She was found in dunes near the seaside town of De Haan, where she was on holiday, having reportedly met a German man and been seen with him at a disco just a few days before she died.

    Sky News understands Christian B came back onto the radar of police investigating the Madeleine case in 2017 as a result of an alleged confession.

    He was in a bar in Germany with another man when a report came on the TV about the anniversary of Madeleine's disappearance, and he said something to suggest that he knew what happened.

    He also allegedly showed a video of himself raping a woman.

    That video led to an investigation, and last year he was convicted of the rape of a tourist in the Algarve region in around 2005 - bringing him back into the frame.

    German magazine Der Spiegel said his criminal record contains 17 entries, including a conviction for the sexual abuse of a child in 1994 when he was 17 years old, and a 2016 conviction for abusing another child and possession of child pornography.

    https://news.sky.com/story/madeleine...ealed-12002051


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    A crooked hotel worker and an innocent receptionist may have given Madeleine McCann's suspected abductor the opportunity to break in to her family's holiday apartment.

    The employee tipped off Christian B that the McCanns and their friends ate each night at the same poolside bar, according to a Portuguese newspaper.

    The holiday complex receptionist noted the block dinner reservation in a staff register that was available for all to see at the Ocean Club in Praia da Luz.

    Madeleine's mother Kate later wrote in her book, titled Madeleine: "It wasn't until a year later, when I was combing through the Portuguese files, that I discovered that the note requesting our block booking was written in a staff message book, which sat on a desk at the pool reception for most of the day.

    "To my horror I saw that, no doubt in all innocence and to explain why she was bending the rules a bit, the receptionist had written the reason for our request... we wanted to eat close to our apartments as we were leaving our young children alone there and checking on them intermittently."

    Police have identified the Ocean Club employee who passed the information on to Christian B, said the newspaper Correio de Manha.

    It also reported that the employee had Christian B's mobile phone number in his own phone.

    Last week, the phone number was issued by Scotland Yard and German detectives in a public appeal for information about the suspect.

    Police suspect Christian B, 43, who had a history of burglary, sex abuse and other crimes, used the tip-off to try to steal valuables from the McCanns' apartment, but then kidnapped Madeleine.

    Anthony Summers, co-author with Robbyn Swan of the book Looking For Madeleine, said: "It's potentially very important because the fact that the McCanns, along with their doctor friends, were eating at the restaurant across the pool from their apartment each night that week had been entered into a reservations book for all to see - and particularly obviously for the staff in the restaurant to see.

    "Christian B himself had been a waiter at some point. We don't know whether he'd been a waiter at the Ocean Club, but he'd been a waiter and knew other waiters that could have known there was an entry in the reservations book.

    "Did he learn from somebody who was complicit, not necessarily at all in abducting or murdering Madeleine, but perhaps in how to take advantage of people being away to rob an apartment?

    "Was there an accomplice in that respect on the staff of the Ocean Club?"

    Police continue to appeal for information about Christian B's distinctive white and yellow VW camper van, which they believe he may have been using at the time Madeleine vanished in May 2007.

    Three weeks after she disappeared, police were sent a report of a potential sighting of Madeleine with a man getting into a similar VW camper van in Alcossebre, north of Valencia in Spain.

    The sighting, a 10-hour drive from Praia da Luz, was investigated, but the Portuguese police files show that detectives found the driver and he was eliminated from the investigation.

    A Volkswagen camper van linked to the suspect
    In Germany, the suspect's former landlord Alexander Bischoff told Sky News how he befriended Christian B and gave him a place to stay when he left Portugal, but later discovered his life of crime.

    He said: "For a long time I had no idea about his criminal offences, buying drugs, selling drugs, stealing diesel, etc.

    "The first time I learned anything about it was when a unit of Kripo detectives stood out in front of my apartment asking to be let in to search it.

    "They said that it was to do with a violent or serious crime and Christian. I asked, 'what does serious crime mean?'

    "And they said it was in connection with a murder."

    Christian B is currently in jail in Germany serving a sentence for rape and drugs offences.

    Police are investigating him over the disappearances of Madeleine, a five-year-old German girl Inga Gehrike, and a German boy Rene Hassee, none of whom have been seen since they vanished.

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    A German prosecutor has said he has evidence Madeleine McCann is dead as he appealed to British tourists to help identify the suspect's former homes.

    Hans Christian Wolters said police need more information about where the new suspect, named only as Christian B, has lived so police can search for Madeleine's body.

    Mr Wolters believes there are other British victims of sex attacks and has urged them to contact police.

    He told Sky News: "After all the information we got, the girl is dead. We have no information that she is alive.

    "All indications we have got that I can't tell you point in the direction that Madeleine is dead.

    "We got things we cannot communicate that speak for the theory that Madeleine is dead, even if I have to admit that we don't have the body."

    Mr Wolters continued: "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."

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    A while ago, I read something about a global child trafficking ring. It is quite possible that this man is just a scapegoat. There are potentially other bigger players involved.


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    Quote Originally Posted by sweep_shot View Post
    A while ago, I read something about a global child trafficking ring. It is quite possible that this man is just a scapegoat. There are potentially other bigger players involved.
    Evidence that she is dead...

    Read somewhere that the only possible way for German detectives to investigate the case is to claim that there is evidence of her death. The plot is thickening, intrigued to hear what this evidence is as the German prosecutor considers them as ‘facts’.

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    German prosecutors say they may have to drop the investigation into a convicted paedophile suspected of killing Madeleine McCann if they do not receive more information from the public.

    Investigators told the BBC they have substantial evidence that Madeleine is dead - but this is not enough to take the suspect to court.

    The three-year-old disappeared while on holiday in Portugal in 2007.

    The suspect, 43, has been named by German media as Christian B.

    Hans Christian Wolters, a prosecutor in the northern city of Braunschweig - where detectives are leading the investigation - told the BBC: "We have evidence against the accused which leads us to believe that he really killed Madeleine but this evidence is not strong enough at the moment to take him to court."

    The evidence is "strong enough to say that the girl is dead and strong enough to accuse a specific individual of murder - that strong," he said.

    However he added: "One has to be honest and remain open to the possibility that our investigation could end without a charge, that it ends like the others have.

    "We are optimistic it will be different for us but for that we need more information."

    The suspect, a German man, is currently serving a jail term in Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, for drug-dealing, having been extradited from Portugal in July 2017.

    He is believed to have been in the Praia da Luz area in 2007, when Madeleine went missing. She had been there on a family holiday with her parents and siblings.

    In December 2019, the man was sentenced to seven years for raping a 72-year-old American woman in the same Portuguese resort in 2005.

    The rape conviction is currently under review in the German courts, according to German n-tv news.

    German media say Christian B has also 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 say the suspect was regularly living in the Algarve in Portugal between 1995 and 2007 and had jobs in the area, including in catering, but also committed burglaries in hotels and dealt drugs.

    A senior judicial source in Portugal told the BBC the joint investigation into the new suspect began after a tip-off in Germany in 2017.

    Investigators were told by a friend of Christian B that the suspect had made a "disturbing comment" in a German bar, as they were watching news coverage of the 10th anniversary of Madeleine's disappearance, according to the source.

    German prosecutors have previously said they are assuming Madeleine is dead.

    However, the Metropolitan Police, who are working with their German and Portuguese counterparts, said the case remained a "missing persons" investigation in the UK because there is no "definitive evidence" as to whether Madeleine is alive or not.

    Madeleine went missing shortly before her fourth birthday from an apartment in Praia da Luz, while her parents, Kate and Gerry, were with friends at a nearby tapas bar.

    Her disappearance sparked a huge and costly police hunt across much of Europe - the most recent Met Police investigation, which began in 2011, has cost more than £11m.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    German prosecutors say they may have to drop the investigation into a convicted paedophile suspected of killing Madeleine McCann if they do not receive more information from the public.

    Investigators told the BBC they have substantial evidence that Madeleine is dead - but this is not enough to take the suspect to court.

    The three-year-old disappeared while on holiday in Portugal in 2007.

    The suspect, 43, has been named by German media as Christian B.

    Hans Christian Wolters, a prosecutor in the northern city of Braunschweig - where detectives are leading the investigation - told the BBC: "We have evidence against the accused which leads us to believe that he really killed Madeleine but this evidence is not strong enough at the moment to take him to court."

    The evidence is "strong enough to say that the girl is dead and strong enough to accuse a specific individual of murder - that strong," he said.

    However he added: "One has to be honest and remain open to the possibility that our investigation could end without a charge, that it ends like the others have.

    "We are optimistic it will be different for us but for that we need more information."

    The suspect, a German man, is currently serving a jail term in Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, for drug-dealing, having been extradited from Portugal in July 2017.

    He is believed to have been in the Praia da Luz area in 2007, when Madeleine went missing. She had been there on a family holiday with her parents and siblings.

    In December 2019, the man was sentenced to seven years for raping a 72-year-old American woman in the same Portuguese resort in 2005.

    The rape conviction is currently under review in the German courts, according to German n-tv news.

    German media say Christian B has also 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 say the suspect was regularly living in the Algarve in Portugal between 1995 and 2007 and had jobs in the area, including in catering, but also committed burglaries in hotels and dealt drugs.

    A senior judicial source in Portugal told the BBC the joint investigation into the new suspect began after a tip-off in Germany in 2017.

    Investigators were told by a friend of Christian B that the suspect had made a "disturbing comment" in a German bar, as they were watching news coverage of the 10th anniversary of Madeleine's disappearance, according to the source.

    German prosecutors have previously said they are assuming Madeleine is dead.

    However, the Metropolitan Police, who are working with their German and Portuguese counterparts, said the case remained a "missing persons" investigation in the UK because there is no "definitive evidence" as to whether Madeleine is alive or not.

    Madeleine went missing shortly before her fourth birthday from an apartment in Praia da Luz, while her parents, Kate and Gerry, were with friends at a nearby tapas bar.

    Her disappearance sparked a huge and costly police hunt across much of Europe - the most recent Met Police investigation, which began in 2011, has cost more than £11m.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-52984306
    German prosecutors are not making sense.

    Substantial proof that the girl is dead, but they cannot work out where the body is.

    How does this substantial proof involve the current suspect?

    I hope this Michael B guy admits to it or he is going to be a dead man walking in public now that he has been exposed as a rapist pedophile

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    The suspect in the Madeleine McCann case has been moved into a single jail cell for his own protection.

    As police re-examine more unsolved murder and rape investigations, the prison authorities fear for Christian B's safety.

    He is currently serving sentences for drugs and rape in Kiel prison in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany's most northern state.

    The state's justice minister, Claus Christian Claussen, said: "He is in a single cell for Christian B's safety and security against possible attacks from other inmates."

    Christian B, a 43-year-old German drifter, has applied for parole after completing two-thirds of his drugs sentence.

    His lawyer says he has behaved well in prison.

    A judge's parole decision is expected early next week, but it is understood the state prosecutor and the jail authorities are opposing his release.

    He is also challenging the legality of his extradition from Italy in 2018, which led to his arrest, conviction and seven-year sentence for the rape of an elderly American woman in Portugal in 2005.

    Christian B, as he is known under Germany's privacy code, is the prime suspect in what the German authorities say is a murder investigationinto Madeleine's disappearance from her family's holiday apartment in Praia da Luz on Portugal's Algarve coast in 2007.

    The German prosecutor in his home town of Braunschweig says he has evidence that Madeleine is dead - but will not say what the evidence is.

    He told Sky News this week: "All the facts say she is dead, there is no chance she is still alive."

    The former landlady of Christian B's favourite bar in Braunschweig, where he ran a corner shop kiosk, has urged the suspect to tell police what he knows of Madeleine's disappearance.

    Brigitte Szegedi said: "My heart was broken when I see the picture of Christian B in this kiosk.

    "When I saw the first picture of Christian I felt a shiver through my whole body.

    "I wish for Madeleine's family the case can be solved. They need to know what he's done.

    "Whenever they talk to him, he should tell them exactly what happened."

    Claus-Peter Erdmann, the caretaker of a nearby apartment block, said: "Every morning the kids came to me and they said we've been to Christian and he gave us presents.

    "Then I went to him and said: 'Christian, the kids are always happy that you give them gifts,' and he said: 'yeah, chewing gum or gummy bears'."

    The suspicions around Christian B are growing every day as police forces dust of their files and re-examine unsolved cases.

    Belgian authorities have re-opened their investigation into the murder of German teenager Carola Titze whose body washed up on a Belgian beach 24 years ago.

    Phil Kerton believes Christian B might have been involved in the disappearance of his daughter Louise, who vanished in Germany 19 years ago.

    Student nurse Louise, from New Ash Green, Kent, had visited her boyfriend's family as she awaited exam results, though she believed she had failed them.

    She was planning to catch a train from Aachen to Ostend in Belgium and then a ferry home, but there were no sightings of her anywhere.

    Mr Kerton said: "Initial reports of Christian's activities cover quite a wide geographical range and a range of ages, and he seems to have been active around the time she disappeared in 2001.

    "It would be useful to know if he was in the area or what other people there were who shared his interests. I don't know whether to contact the relevant German police or the consul who has been helpful to us in the past, but I think someone should look again at the investigation."

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    Big move to transfer him into isolation. This will put plenty of pressure on him and I wouldn’t be surprised if he just admits to killing someone now. He is safer in prison than he is outside

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rana View Post
    Big move to transfer him into isolation. This will put plenty of pressure on him and I wouldn’t be surprised if he just admits to killing someone now. He is safer in prison than he is outside
    cant really say - as pedo's and child molesters do get killed in prison -prisoners hate them


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    Quote Originally Posted by finalfantasy7 View Post
    cant really say - as pedo's and child molesters do get killed in prison -prisoners hate them
    Well he’s a dead man walking. He may not be the murderer or abductor of Madeleine but the stuff published about him is enough for him to be lynched, unless he is released under a new identity.

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    Madeleine McCann's family lawyer has urged the three police forces investigating her disappearance to stop squabbling between themselves.

    Rogerio Alves told Sky News: "This is not the Champions League between police departments. We are wasting time and we are spreading energy instead of co-operating."

    There appears to be increasing tension between the German, Portuguese and British police about who knew what and when about the new prime suspect Christian B, who is being held in a prison near Hamburg.

    The Portuguese police say his name was on a list of hundreds of potential suspects handed to the Metropolitan Police in 2012 when the force was preparing its own investigation, but Scotland Yard didn't act on the information.

    A German prosecutor insists he has evidence Madeleine is dead and has launched a murder investigation, while Scotland Yard says it still considers Madeleine a missing person.

    The German prosecutor also suggested the Portuguese authorities still held her parents Kate and Gerry - who they once considered suspects - responsible for her disappearance. And he said relations with the Portuguese were "cumbersome".

    Mr Alves said: "It would be a much stronger investigation if everybody is pushing from the same side. I don't even like to talk about the danger of competition in police because there is something much more important that has to be considered.

    "We are civilised countries, we are looking for the truth. So that kind of competition between police has to stop immediately if it really exists."

    Sky News asked Mr Alves if he thinks the German prosecutor should tell the McCanns what evidence he has that their daughter is dead, as they cling to the hope she may still be found alive.

    He said: "I do. For the family it was a shock, although they realise that Madeleine, you know, anything can happen in 13 years.

    "But the fact that the prosecutor is saying so strongly that she is dead, I think that he shouldn't say it without proving and demonstrating why he's saying what he's saying.

    German public prosecutors confirm they are treating the Madeleine McCann case as murder
    "This is a crime, a public crime, a notorious crime, but they remain the father and the mother - they more than anyone want to know what happened.

    "They are entitled, they have the right to know what happened with priority, especially when we are arguing that their daughter is dead."

    The German prosecutor in Braunschweig has said he does not have enough hard evidence to charge Christian, a former drifter and bar worker, and has appealed to the public for more information about him and his vehicles.

    At the time Madeleine vanished from the family's holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, the suspect had been living on the Algarve coast for many years.

    Mobile telephone data appears to put him close to the apartment an hour before she disappeared and the next day he re-registered his car in another man's name.

    The suspect is also said to have confessed to a man in a bar that he abducted Madeleine.

    Christian B is currently serving sentences in Kiel jail for drugs offences and the rape of an elderly American woman in the Algarve in 2005.

    The prosecutor says there is compelling circumstantial case against the suspect and if he finds enough firm evidence to charge him he will stand trial in Germany.

    Mr Alves said he may push for a trial in Portugal and added: "I'm absolutely sure that the Portuguese police will do everything they can to get to the truth."

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    The sun-soaked Portuguese resort of Praia da Luz won't easily emerge from the shadow of the Madeleine McCann mystery - whatever the outcome of the latest police investigation.

    That's the view of British expat John Ballinger, who was there the night Madeleine vanished in 2007 and has followed every twist in the case.

    He said: "I've seen so many developments, some big and some small, and they have all fizzled out eventually, so let's see if the new suspect turns out to be Madeleine's abductor."

    German police and Scotland Yard have appealed for information about the latest suspect, a German drifter who is currently serving drugs and rape sentences in a jail near Hamburg.

    Under Germany's privacy laws, he is known only as Christian B, a bar worker who lived around southern Portugal between 1995 and 2007.

    For a long time he rented a house outside Praia da Luz, where Madeleine vanished from her family's holiday apartment in 2007.

    Telephone data suggests the suspect was nearby on the night.

    Retired Mr Ballinger, who plays trombone and sings in a jazz band in restaurants and bars along the Algarve, said: "If it's him, people will say 'thank God', but it may be hard to shake off the stigma the village has carried.

    "Undoubtedly, tourists, particularly Americans, stopped coming here for a long time. It was the last place in the world they wanted to visit because they thought their children would be snatched away."

    Police have received 1,000 bits of information since they launched public appeals about the suspect 11 days ago.

    Christian B, 43, is serving seven years in Germany for the rape of an elderly American woman in Praia da Luz in 2005, after his conviction last year.

    This week, an Irish woman Hazel Behan spoke about her own rape in the Algarve a year before, describing striking similarities between the two attacks.

    In both incidents, the rapist broke in - masked and armed with a long knife - and subjected his victims to a prolonged attack. Ms Behan said her attacker spoke with a German accent.

    In their authoritative book Looking For Madeleine, authors Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan reveal a series of sex attacks by intruders into holiday apartments in the Algarve in the years before and after Madeleine vanished.

    Many were in apartments occupied by British families and the victims were often young children. In one case, the intruder wore a mask.

    Robbyn Swan said: "These are possible similarities between the suspect Christian B and the other crimes.

    "One would want to be looking closely at them to see if they are just coincidences, or whether we are seeing a pattern."

    Ms Behan said she had given a statement to Scotland Yard and detectives told her they were taking he case seriously and liaising with Portuguese colleagues.

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    Portuguese police say the German evidence against the new suspect in the Madeleine McCann case is "significant".

    A senior police source also told the BBC they were keen to cooperate in the investigation into the disappearance of the British girl in Portugal in 2007.

    The new suspect is a 43-year-old German man, named in reports as Christian B, who is in prison in Germany.

    He was revealed as the main suspect earlier this month, as German and UK police made a fresh appeal for help.

    The convicted paedophile is believed to have been in the area where Madeleine, aged three, was last seen while on holiday in Portugal.

    A senior Portuguese police source, who has seen the German evidence against Christian B, has told the BBC it is "very important" and "significant".

    The source also rejected criticism that their procedures were slow, amid reports that the German authorities have privately been critical of their Portuguese counterparts.

    Another source close to the investigation said Portuguese police accepted that Christian B was now a suspect.

    Asked whether they had access to his previous convictions for child sexual offences at the time of Madeleine's disappearance, he said it was important not to judge the past with the benefit of hindsight, and that police systems since then had changed.

    Some of those who knew the German suspect during his time in Portugal have criticised the investigation as "very slow", telling the BBC that they were only approached by police - either British or Portuguese - in the past year or two.

    Several people remembered Christian B as angry and untrustworthy, with one neighbour saying he squatted in a nearby house without paying rent, and left it "ransacked" in a terrible state when he departed, two years before Madeleine's disappearance.

    When German police - newcomers to the Madeleine McCann investigation - announced they had evidence that indicated the toddler was dead, it seemed to get a cautious response from their Portuguese and British counterparts.

    British police stuck to their line that it was a "missing person inquiry", and the impression from Portuguese media was that their own tight-lipped authorities were staying open-minded.

    This first-hand confirmation from a senior Portuguese police source that the German evidence is "very important" and "significant" is a sign of how seriously this new development is being taken there.

    There's been plenty of mutual recrimination between the British and Portuguese forces in the 13 years since Madeleine McCann vanished from her family's holiday apartment.

    Now a third country has entered the quest for answers.

    Awkward? Maybe. But the German evidence, it seems, is convincing enough for the Portuguese police to signal their support.

    After living for so long under the pressure of unanswered questions, they won't want to be left out of a development that might promise some answers.

    German prosecutors have previously said they have evidence that leads them to believe Christian B killed Madeleine, but it wasn't strong enough to take him to court.

    Police say the suspect was regularly living in the Algarve in Portugal between 1995 and 2007 and had jobs in the area, including in catering, but also committed burglaries in hotels and dealt drugs.

    The suspect is currently serving a jail term in Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, for drug-dealing, having been extradited from Portugal in July 2017.

    He is believed to have been in the Praia da Luz area in May 2007, when Madeleine went missing while on a family holiday with her parents and siblings.

    In December 2019, the man was sentenced to seven years for raping a 72-year-old American woman in the same Portuguese resort in 2005.

    The Metropolitan Police, who are working with their German and Portuguese counterparts, have said the case remained a "missing persons" investigation in the UK because there was no "definitive evidence" as to whether Madeleine was alive or not.

    Madeleine went missing shortly before her fourth birthday from an apartment in Praia da Luz, while her parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, were with friends at a nearby tapas bar.

    Her disappearance sparked a huge and costly police hunt across much of Europe - the most recent Met Police investigation, which began in 2011, has cost more than £11m.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-53043818
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    Sky News understands German prosecutors have written to Madeleine McCann's parents to confirm their daughter is dead but will not disclose details of the evidence.



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    A German prosecutor has written to the parents of Madeleine McCann telling them he has "concrete evidence" she is dead.

    Hans Christian Wolters said in a letter to Kate and Gerry McCann that he has no doubt their daughter is dead, but he refused to tell them why.

    He told them that to reveal the evidence would jeopardise his investigation into the German suspect known as Christian B.

    It follows calls from a Portuguese mayor for criminal associates of the suspect to reveal if they know what happened to Madeleine.

    The suspect, who is serving sentences for rape and drugs in a jail near Hamburg, has yet to be questioned about the child, who vanished from her family's holiday apartment in Portugal in 2007.

    Mr Wolters revealed that he had sent the letter in an interview with British newspaper reporters in Braunschweig, where he is leading the investigation.

    The Daily Mail reported the prosecutor said he hadn't 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."

    Last week in an interview with Sky News, the parents' Lisbon lawyer Rogerio Alves challenged the prosecutor to tell them everything he knew.

    The McCanns' spokesman Clarence Mitchell said the family would not discuss private correspondence and it wasn't clear if they had yet received the prosecutor's letter.

    Meanwhile, the mayor of Lagos, Hugo Pereira, urged Christian B's associates to suspend their natural hostility to the police and provide information.

    He told Sky News: "People with a criminal background don't deal readily with the authorities, but I appeal to such friends of the suspect to tell anything they know.

    "If they don't want to speak directly to police, then they can email the information anonymously, if that's the way to understanding what happened."

    Senhor Pereira added: "This is a crime involving a missing child and whatever your background I appeal to your conscience to help us solve a case that has puzzled everyone in Europe and beyond.

    "Just because you are a criminal, it doesn't mean you can't or shouldn't help the authorities."

    Senhor Pereira said he had no idea whether Christian B was responsible for Madeleine's disappearance, but anyone with information about him should tell police what they know.

    He insisted that the region of Lagos, which covers Praia da Luz, was and still is a safe holiday destination for families with young children.

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    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.

    "Furthermore, we do not have a family spokesperson nor are we actively paying any lawyers."

    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.

    https://news.sky.com/story/madeleine...false-12007820


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    This has Gerry McCann written all over it. The parents will not allow any story to run that would give them possible closure, unless a body is found which is verified through DNA

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    How can their be ‘concrete evidence’ that she is dead when there is still no body or a location of where the body can be found?

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    German investigators want to retest a mystery saliva sample found in the holiday apartment from where Madeleine McCann went missing.

    Portuguese forensic tests on the sample apparently found no DNA match to the new suspect, German drifter Christian B.

    But the German authorities believe their scientists should carry out their own tests because the sample - thought to have been found on Madeleine's bed - is potentially vital evidence and they hope they can match it to their suspect.

    But the Portuguese police (PJ) are unlikely to send the sample, partly because of recent criticism by the German prosecutor Hans Christian Wolters.

    He said last week the PJ still believed that Madeleine's parents were responsible for their daughter's disappearance from the apartment in Praia da Luz in 2007. The PJ ruled them out as suspects in 2008.

    It is understood the German authorities would apply the same forensic techniques as the Portuguese.

    There may also be legal restrictions that would not allow the sample to be sent abroad for retesting in such circumstances.

    In 2012, Scotland Yard detectives visited a Portuguese forensic laboratory when they were about to launch their own investigation and their request to retest hairs found in the apartment was turned down.

    https://news.sky.com/story/madeleine...ample-12008482
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    Scotland Yard today hit back at claims they have failed to hand crucial letters to Madeleine McCann's parents from German police and also denied there is any evidence that the missing British girl is dead.

    Kate and Gerry McCann have also rubbished claims they have received multiple notes from Bundeskriminalamt detectives investigating paedophile prime suspect Christian Brueckner who is currently in Kiel prison for drug smuggling.

    But Braunschweig prosecutor Hans Christian Wolters has insisted two letters were sent to the couple by the German Federal Police (BKA), albeit indirectly via Scotland Yard, alleging British detectives then failed to pass them on.

    Amid the war of words between British and German police, a spokesman for the Met said this afternoon: 'The Met received one letter from the Bundeskriminalamt (BKA) on June 12, which was passed to the family.

    'The letter did not state that there was evidence or proof that Madeleine is dead - the Met continue to investigate Madeleine’s disappearance as a missing person investigation. No letter has been received by the Met from the German prosecutor'.

    The clash between German authorities and British police came amid tensions in Portugal where German detectives have been refused permission to test a mystery saliva sample found in the Praia da Luz holiday apartment the British toddler vanished from on May 3, 2007.

    13 years of heartache: Timeline of the key events in the hunt for missing Madeleine McCann

    May 3, 2007 - Madeleine McCann disappears from her apartment in Praia da Luz.

    May 4 - Police do not set up effective searches or alert the Spanish border for 12 hours. A basic check of other guests is not done for 48 hours.

    May 30 - The McCanns meet the Pope in Rome during a series of trips around Europe and beyond to highlight the search.

    August - Sniffer dogs reportedly find blood traces in the McCanns' apartment.

    September 7 - The McCanns are made arguidos – official suspects. They were totally exonerated the following year.

    2008 - Detective Goncalo Amaral falsely claims the McCanns hid Madeleine's body.

    2011 - The Met Police launches Operation Grange and identify almost 200 new lines of inquiry.

    2013 - The Met identifies 38 people 'of interest'. Portuguese detectives reopen the case.

    2017 - A witness comes forward with the name of the German suspect, Christian Brueckner. The McCanns reveal they still buy gifts for Madeleine.

    June 3, 2020 - Police sensationally reveal that they are investigating a German sex offender. Brueckner's name emerges the following day.

    June 8 - German prosecutor Hans Christian Wolters says he has evidence Madeleine is dead – but won't say what it is.

    June 15 - Mr Wolters says he has written to the McCanns telling them he has evidence their daughter is dead. Once again, he gives no details.

    Mr Wolters said the first letter, dispatched at the end of May, confirmed that German police were treating the case as a murder, while the second was sent last week to update them on the investigation.

    It is the latest revelation in what appears to be a disjointed operation involving forces in Germany, Britain and Portugal, where Madeleine vanished in 2007.

    Investigators with the Portuguese Judiciaria said last week they were 'incensed' at the way they are being made to look like they are dragging their feet over the renewed appeal for help, as Mr Wolters described working with police in the country of the youngster's disappearance as 'cumbersome'.

    Kate and Gerry have never given up hope of finding their daughter and new life was breathed into the 13-year-old case this month when German sex attacker Christian Brueckner was named by prosecutors as prime murder suspect.

    Scotland Yard and German police have received more than 1,000 calls since Brueckner, 43, was identified.

    They believe the German drifter burgled holiday homes in the Algarve and on some occasions sexually assaulted women and girls inside the properties.

    Public appeals for information have featured Brueckner's former farmhouse and another property in which he stayed, as well as a VW campervan and Jaguar car he owned.

    Detectives are also trying to find the person who phoned him an hour before Madeleine disappeared, shortly before her fourth birthday.

    Police say that Brueckner received the call near the McCanns' holiday apartment in the Ocean Club complex.

    Mr Wolters said this week: 'We have concrete evidence that our suspect has killed Madeleine and this means she is dead.

    'The parents have been told the German police have evidence that she is dead but we have not told them the details.'

    However, Kate and Gerry hit back with a furious rebuke, in which they said: '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.'

    'Like many unsubstantiated stories in the media, this has caused unnecessary anxiety to friends and family and once again disrupted our lives.

    '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.'

    Now, though, it has emerged the mix-up came at Metropolitan Police headquarters.

    A spokesman told The Sun: 'We do not comment on or confirm any private correspondence.'

    Mr Wolters added that he didn't want to add more details about German authorities' contact with the family, saying it was 'not necessary at the moment'.

    What do we know about Maddie murder suspect Christian Brueckner and his criminal past?

    1976: Christian Brueckner is born in Würzburg under a different name, believed to be Fischer. He was adopted by the Brueckner family and took their surname.

    1992: Christian Brueckner is arrested on suspicion of burglary in his hometown of Wurzburg, Bavaria.

    1994: He is given a two-year sentence for 'abusing a child' and 'performing sex acts in front of a child'.

    1995: Brueckner arrives in Portugal as an 18-year-old backpacker and begins working in catering in the seaside resorts of Lagos and Praia da Luz.

    But friends say he became involved with a criminal syndicate trafficking drugs into the Algarve.

    September 2005: He dons a mask and breaks into an apartment where a 72-year-old American tourist.

    The victim was bound, gagged, blindfolded and whipped with a metal cane before being raped for 15 minutes. She said afterwards that he had clearly enjoyed 'torturing' her before the rape.

    April 2007: He moves out of a farmhouse and into a campervan linked to the crime. The farmhouse is cleaned and a bag of wigs is found.

    May 3, 2007: Madeleine McCann is snatched at around 10pm from her bed as her parents eat tapas with friends yards away.

    Brueckner's mobile phone places him in the area that night. He returns to his native Germany shortly after that.

    October 2011: He is sentenced to 21 months for 'dealing narcotics' in Niebüll, in northern Germany.

    2014: He moves to Braunschweig where he starts running a town-centre kiosk. He then goes back to Portugal with a girlfriend.

    2016: He is back in Germany. He is given 15 months in prison for 'sexual abuse of a child in the act of creating and possessing child pornographic material'.

    May 3, 2017: Brueckner is said to be in a bar with a friend when a ten-year anniversary appeal following Madeleine's disappearance is shown on German television. He is said to have told him in a bar that he 'knew all about' what happened to her. He then showed his friend a video of him raping a woman.

    MailOnline understands the friend went to police shortly afterwards.

    June 2017: He heads back to Portugal and extradited again to Germany. The reason was a sentencing of the Braunschweig district court to 15 months' imprisonment for the sexual abuse of a child.

    August 2018: After his release from prison he lives on the streets. But he was jailed again for drug offences.

    September 2018: Brueckner is arrested in Italy and extradited to Germany and put on trial for raping an American in 2007 after a DNA match was found at the crime scene.

    July 2019: He is jailed for 21 months for drug dealing in the northern German resort of Sylt.

    August 2019: Brueckner is charged with the rape of the American tourist in Praia da Luz in 2005.

    December 2019: He is convicted of rape of extortion of the tourist based on DNA evidence. He is given a seven year sentence, but this has not been imposed pending an appeal.

    June 3, 2020: Scotland Yard and the German police reveal that that they have identified a suspect in the Maddie McCann case

    June 4, 2020: Prosecutors in Braunschweig, where he lives, say they believe Madeleine McCann has been murdered, says spokesman Hans Christian Wolters. He is named in the German press as the prime suspect.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...s-parents.html


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    A court blunder over the Madeleine McCann suspect's sex crime history let him slip through the next after she vanished, it is claimed.

    Christian B, as he is known under judicial privacy laws, should have been questioned as a sex offender living in the area where Madeleine went missing - but the Portuguese authorities hadn't recorded his previous conviction, even though they had been told about it a year earlier.

    Madeleine was three when she disappeared after being left sleeping in her family's holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal, in May 2007.

    A year earlier Christian B, a German drifter, was convicted of stealing diesel fuel from trucks and told a judge of his previous convictions in Germany for theft and a sex attack on a girl in Germany when he was 17.

    But the previous sex conviction was not recorded and so, a year later, his name was not added to a list of known sex offenders who were among the first potential suspects questioned by Portuguese police searching for Madeleine.

    At the time of his court appearance, Christian B, then 30 years old, had been living a mile or so from Praia da Luz.

    Serafim Vieira, the Portuguese lawyer who defended him in court at Portimao, told the local RTP news channel: "Christian B confessed he had a criminal record in Germany from the age of 17, for theft and sexual abuse."

    The lawyer also said the suspect told the judge he was living in his van and did not reveal he had a rented home close to Praia da Luz.

    He said: "He never mentioned 'this is my home' he always referred 'this is the home of some friends', where he had, in particular, kept or parked the car he had at the time, one of them, which was the Jaguar."

    The lawyer also said that at the time of his 2006 court appearance the suspect was driving a van - a Ford Transit or a Bedford - not the VW camper van that Scotland Yard and the German prosecutor have featured in recent appeals for information from anyone who knew Christian B and his vehicles.

    Neighbours of the suspect's rented home told Sky News the garden and surrounding scrub land were often littered with what appeared to be abandoned vehicles.

    The suspect never returned to the property after his arrest in 2006, but police believed he stayed in the area and lived in the camper van. He had been living on the Algarve since 1995 and returned to Germany in 2007.

    The van was taken to Germany for forensic tests last year after being recovered from a scrapyard near Silves, a 30-minute drive from Praia da Luz, where the suspect had sold it in 2015.

    German police, who are investigating Christian B over Madeleine's disappearance, have found no evidence of her in the van, nor in the suspect's Jaguar car.

    German prosecutor Hans Christian Wolters says he has evidence Madeleine is dead, though hasn't revealed what it is, and says he is investigating her murder.

    Sky News has contacted the court for comment.

    https://news.sky.com/story/madeleine...under-12010968


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