The police investigating the Madeleine McCann case received new evidence: photos of tourists who were in Praia da Luz

Madeleine McCann was nearing her fourth birthday when she was kidnapped from a hotel in Praia da Luz, Portugal, in May 2007. Christian Brueckner, a 43-year-old German with previous allegations of child abuse, became the prime suspect

The German Police, which are investigating the disappearance and possible death of Madeleine McCann, received new evidence that could further compromise the main suspect in the case of the British girl kidnapped from a hotel in Praia da Luz, Portugal, the night of May 3, 2007 while his parents were eating with friends at a restaurant near the place. The detectives who carry out the investigations around Christian Brueckner took “interesting” photographs that were contributed by British tourists who were in the place at the time of the abduction, according to the newspaper Mirror.

The chief prosecutor who leads the new line of investigation, Hans Christian Wolters, revealed the new details of the case and said: “We received leads from England, including those from tourists on vacation in Portugal during that time. We have some photos where there might be some interesting things in them. We are following pretty good leads”.

But not all are good news. Wolters She fears, however, that the departure from the United Kingdom may slow down the transmission of evidence that will lead to a clarification of the case that is now 13 years old without clear answers for the little girl’s family. Maddie, who was about to turn four when she was abducted from her hotel room. “In the European Union everything was unified and there was uniform legal assistance between European countries. But when the UK leaves, Germany would have to make a formal request, which means that we then write a very formal letter and then consult everything individually”Lamented the prosecutor.

Hans Christian Wolters revealed that new evidence was provided that could lead to a clarification of the kidnapping of Madeleine McCann (EFE)

Hans Christian Wolters revealed that new evidence was provided that could lead to a clarification of the kidnapping of Madeleine McCann (EFE)

According to the phone records, Bruecker -who remains detained in a prison Kiel, Germany, because of his ties to drugs – he was in the area where Madeleine disappeared that night. Even the 43-year-old man has a seven-year sentence that was appealed: he is accused of having raped a woman in Praia da Luz two years before the disappearance of Maddie.

More background

The main suspect in Madeleine’s case has been linked to a sexual assault on a girl a month before the little Brit disappeared. A German woman told police that she recognized Brueckner like the man who attacked her in April 2007 when she was ten, reported last September 7 the British newspaper The Sun.

The woman, now 23, said the episode occurred while on vacation with her family in Salema, a town in Portugal ten kilometers from Praia da Luz, where Madeleine disappeared a few days after her fourth birthday. As he said, the man grabbed her while she was on the beach. He performed a sexual act on himself and then fled, without the victim’s brother and father being able to catch him.

A van used by Christian Brueckner could be linked to the disappearance of British girl Madeleine McCann 13 years ago.  The suspect was in Praia da Luz at the time of Maddie's kidnapping and has a record (Reuters)

A van used by Christian Brueckner could be linked to the disappearance of British girl Madeleine McCann 13 years ago. The suspect was in Praia da Luz at the time of Maddie’s kidnapping and has a record (Reuters)

Brueckner, a multi-recidivist German pedophile who has already been convicted of rape in Portugal and is currently detained in connection with another case, was identified this year by German police as the prime suspect in Maddie’s kidnapping, claiming that they had “concrete evidence“That she was dead.

The German, 43 years old, He has previously been charged with performing sexual acts in playgrounds and is currently serving a sentence for drug trafficking in the northern German city of Kiel. He applied to be released on parole, otherwise his sentence would end on January 7, 2021.

A man walks past the apartment where three-year-old Madeleine McCann disappeared in 2007, in Praia da Luz, Portugal (Reuters)

A man walks past the apartment where three-year-old Madeleine McCann disappeared in 2007, in Praia da Luz, Portugal (Reuters)

Madeleine disappeared the night of May 3, 2007 just days before his fourth birthday, while on vacation with his family in Beach, Portugal. His parents, Kate y Gerry McCann, had left her and her twin brothers Sean and Amelie, 18 months old, sleeping in their room while they went to dinner with friends at a nearby tapas restaurant.

Despite a major international search, no trace of the girl has been found, nor has anyone been charged with her disappearance.

Who is Christian Brueckner

Brueckner is in jail in Kiel, in northern Germany, for drug trafficking and for raping a 72-year-old American woman in Praia da Luz. The weekly The mirror reported that Brueckner has a extensive criminal record, with about 17 cases, from assaults on robberies or drug related matters.

its first trial for a sex crime was in 1994 It was at the age of 17 that he was convicted in Bavaria of abusing a child. The last case related to minors was a process for possession of child pornography in 2016.

Kate and Gerry McCann as they arrived at a service to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the disappearance of their daughter Madeleine, at the Church of St. Mary and St. John, in Rothley, UK, in a file photo ( Reuters)

Kate and Gerry McCann as they arrived at a service to mark the 10th anniversary of the disappearance of their daughter Madeleine, at the Church of St. Mary and St. John, in Rothley, UK, in a file photo ( Reuters)

The man lived and worked between 1995 and 2007 in southern Portugal, where he would have committed several crimes, robberies in hotels and apartments and the rape of an elderly American woman 15 years ago. He moved in the weeks contemporaneous with McCann’s disappearance and returned to Germany, where he committed crimes linked to drug trafficking.

For its part, last July the British newspaper Daily Mail reported that A friend of Brueckner’s informed the police that the suspect confessed to him in 2017, between drinks, that he “knew what had happened” with the girl, while television showed a special for the 10 years of the case. In that conversation, he showed her a video of him raping a woman.

The last picture.  Gerry McCann along with Amelie and Madeleine, who hours later disappeared from the resort in Praia da Luz, Portugal (McCann Family)

The last picture. Gerry McCann along with Amelie and Madeleine, who hours later disappeared from the resort in Praia da Luz, Portugal (McCann Family)

Nowadays serving sentence for a 2005 rape in Portugal, whose victim was a 72-year-old American, whom he tied up, hit, sexually assaulted, and ultimately stole. He was not arrested and prosecuted until ten years later, as a result of DNA tests carried out on a hair that was found at the scene. Madeleine’s disappearance occurred in that period of time.

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