New excavations in southern Portugal in the Maddie case

Requested by the German authorities, the Portuguese police plan to carry out new searches near a roadblock located about fifty kilometers from the place where the British girl Madeleine McCann disappeared in 2007, local media reported on Monday.

According to images from Portuguese television, a perimeter was delimited on Monday around the site which must be excavated from Tuesday. According to several local media, divers had already combed this area in 2008, but had found only remains of animals.

Already a rebound last year

The Portuguese public prosecutor’s office announced last year the indictment, at its request, of a suspect in Germany, within the framework of the investigation carried out in cooperation with the English and German authorities. According to German justice, it is Christian Brueckner, a repeat pedophile who lived for several years in southern Portugal. This man, who is serving a prison sentence for the rape of a 72-year-old American in 2005 in Portugal, had already been identified by German investigators in 2020 as the main suspect in the murder of the British girl.

And, according to the Portuguese weekly Espressohe used to go near the Arade dam, located in the municipality of Silves.

Disappeared since May 3, 2007

Madeleine McCann, then almost four years old, disappeared from her room at the hotel complex in Praia da Luz, a small seaside resort in the Algarve region, on May 3, 2007 while her parents dined with friends in a restaurant. neighbor.

The Portuguese police closed the investigation in 2008 after 14 months of controversial investigations, marked in particular by the indictment of the girl’s parents, who were then cleared. After spending two years studying the case, the UK officially opened its own investigation in July 2013. Portuguese authorities reopened the case soon after.

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