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Portugal identifies suspect in investigation into disappearance of British girl

Portuguese prosecutors officially charge a suspect in the investigation of Madeleine McCann, a 3-year-old British girl who disappeared nearly 15 years ago while on a family vacation in the southern European country.

A statement released Thursday by the Public Prosecutor’s Office district of Faro, the largest city in Portugal’s Algarve region, did not name the suspect but said they were acting at the request of German authorities and in coordination with British investigators.

In mid-2020, German police identified Christian Brueckner, a German citizen, as a suspect in the case.

McCann was 3 at the time of his disappearance from an apartment where his family was vacationing in the seaside town of Praia da Luz in the Algarve.

Brueckner, 45, is serving time for drug offenses in a German prison and has a seven-year pending sentence for the 2005 rape of a 72-year-old American woman in Portugal. The rape also took place in Praia da Luz.

Brueckner denied any involvement in Madeleine’s disappearance.

Investigators from the nearby town of Portimao are leading the investigation with the help of the judicial police, according to the press release from the prosecutors.

ABC News

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