The Portuguese prosecutor’s office investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann has announced a German as an official suspect. A convicted German sex offender has been officially announced as a suspect in the Madeleine McCann case.
Christian Brückner was officially named as a suspect in the disappearance of the little girl in 2007, but he has not been charged with any crime, The Times reports.
On Thursday, Portuguese prosecutors issued a statement: “As part of the investigation into the circumstances surrounding the 2007 disappearance of Madeleine McCann, one person was declared a suspect on Wednesday.”
In 2020, German police first named Bruckner as a suspect in connection with the case.
“The man was made (a suspect) by German authorities pursuant to a request for international judicial cooperation issued by the Portuguese state ministry.”
“The investigation was conducted in cooperation with British and German authorities,” the statement said.
Bruckner, referred to in Germany as Christian B. because of the country’s strict confidentiality laws, is currently serving a prison sentence for raping a 72-year-old woman at the same resort where McCann went missing.
The 3-year-old girl went missing during a family vacation at the Praia de Luz resort in Portugal’s Algarve region in 2007. She disappeared from the resort on May 3, a few days before her fourth birthday.
The little girl’s parents left their three children sleeping in the apartment while they went to a nearby restaurant, returning regularly to check on McCann and her siblings.
But when her mother checked on the children at 10 p.m., she was horrified to find the door and window to their bedroom wide open and the little girl nowhere to be found.
Next month will be the 15th anniversary of McCann’s disappearance.