Madeleine McCann: Search for ‘evidence’ of missing toddler continues in Portugal with K9s and divers
Authorities in Portugal, England and Germany continued their search for Madeleine McCann – a British girl who disappeared as a child in Portugal in 2007 – on Wednesday with search dogs and dive teams.
Madeleine was abducted from a ground floor apartment while on a family holiday in Luz BeachPortugal, on May 3, 2007, when she was 3 years old.
“We have indications that we might find evidence there,” German prosecutor Christian Wolters told NDR radio station of the search area in Portugal’s Algarve region. “I don’t want to say what it is exactly, nor do I want to say where these indications come from.”
Portuguese judicial police confirmed on Monday that they would search the area near a roadblock over the next few days “at the request of the German authorities” and in the “presence of the British authorities”.
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Earlier on Monday, police were seen carrying out a search near the Arade Dam, about 50 km from Praia da Luz. Police are expected to provide more information as it becomes available.
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“The only thing I would like to clarify is that it’s not from the suspect. So we don’t have a confession or anything like that now, or any indication from the suspect as to where it would make sense to search,” Wolters said. said, adding that “it was other clues that prompted us to conduct this research”.
A source close to the investigation, however, told Reuters that photos of the Arade dam found in suspect Christian Brueckner’s hideout may have prompted the search.
In 2020, German authorities named Brueckner, 45, as a suspect in Madeleine’s disappearance. Brueckner continues to deny his involvement in the case.
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Brueckner spent many years in Portugal, notably in Praia da Luz, at the time of Madeleine’s disappearance.
He was indicted in 2022 for sex crimes against children who The German authorities allege he committed in Portugal between 2000 and 2017, and he is currently serving a sentence for the rape of a woman in 2005.
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Madeleine was born in May 2003 and would be 20 this month.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.