Madeleine Beth McCann’s disappearance from her bed at a resort in Praia da Luz, in the Algarve region of Portugal on 3 May 2007, is the most heavily reported missing-person case in modern history. Now police are saying the case could be solved in months.
Christian Wolters, a German prosecutor, came forward with startling information in June 2020 – saying they were investigating a 43-year-old suspect over Madeleine’s disappearance. Wolters said at the time that they believed a man called Christian Brueckner killed her.
On Tuesday, the prosecutor told The Mirror that his team are pleased with the progress on the case since they caught their prime suspect in 2020 – and they are hoping to solve it in a few months.
Brueckner is a convicted paedophile who served seven years in prison for the rape of an American woman in Portugal in 2005. He was pointed out as a prime suspect when he was linked to living in a camper van near the resort where Maddie went missing.
It is also alleged that he confessed to abducting the little girl while at a bar. His story has since changed and he now denies his involvement and will not offer police any information.
Wolters said when their investigations are completed they will inform the public about the details that led them to the suspect. A key piece of evidence is that his cellphone pinged near where the little girl was abducted and they have not located the person who Brueckner claimed to have contacted yet.
Her parents Kate and Gerry McCann have never given up hope of finding her. Amid the media frenzy when she went missing were accusations that her parents were involved in her disappearance. The rumours were dispelled by police and several other leads were followed up to no avail.