The disappearance of Madeleine McCann could be solved in “months” following a successful appeal for witnesses, according to police in Germany.
Madeleine was three years old when she went missing on May 3 2007 while on holiday in Portugal.
Her disappearance sparked one of the most high profile missing persons searches in history.
Her parents, Kate and Gerry McCann have vowed to never give up looking for their daughter.
Last month marked Maddie’s 18th birthday with her parents saying every May that passes is a “reminder of years passed, of years together lost, or stolen”.
In a post on the Find Madeleine Facebook page, they said that Covid-19 has made the past year even harder, but thanked the police for continuing their investigation.
“We hang on to the hope, however small, that we will see Madeleine again. As we have said repeatedly, we need to know what has happened to our lovely daughter, no matter what,” the couple said.
“We still receive so many positive words and good wishes despite the years that have gone by. It all helps and for that we are truly grateful – thank you.”
Hans Christian Wolters, who is leading the police probe in Germany, told The Mirror: “We hope we can solve the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, although this will take several months,
“We are pleased with the response to our appeal for witnesses. But unfortunately not all our questions have been answered.”
Asked when suspect Christian B will be quizzed, he said: “At the end of the investigation. When we have completed our investigations, we will inform the public about the result and then also about further details.”
Despite this news former Scotland Yard detective chief inspector Peter Kirkham said he believes the inquiry is “rapidly drying up”.
Christian B was revealed as the new prime suspect in June 2020.
SHOCKING photos have revealed the “secret cellar lair” Madeleine McCann suspect Christian B dug underneath his German home.
Cops swooped on the rundown house in central Germany where the convicted paedophile had lived after the current tenant raised the alarm.
Christian B had lived at the home on the outskirts of Braunschweig when he ran a kiosk in the city between 2013 and 2016.
While living there he is said to have illegally dug a 10ft deep pit.
It was reported last year a pal of Christian B’s had claimed he wanted to build a dungeon, complete with soundproof walls, “like the guy in Austria,” in a disturbing reference to the evil Josef Fritzl.
There is no evidence though that he actually followed through with the idea.
The current occupier of the house, Sabine Selig, 36, told the Mirror she had called the cops the moment she had heard about Christian B’s connection to the ongoing Maddie investigation.
She added officials had since scoured the basement.
Selig, who described Christian B as “grubby,” said he was desperate to get rid of the property when she took it over in 2016 and go on the run.
He even reportedly joked about going to Italy where he was eventually captured living on the streets of Milan in 2018.