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.
A stunning revelation discovered by a German team of investigative journalists has put the prime suspect in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann in the very resort from which she disappeared.
Convicted pedophile Christian Brueckner, who has emerged as the only suspect in the 15-year-old cold case, worked as a handy man at the Ocean Club in Praia da Luz in the spring of 2007, according to the German documentary New Leads in the Maddie Case which will air on Monday evening in Europe.
A producer on the show confirmed to The Daily Beast that they have handed over reams of investigative material to to German and Portuguese investigators that show Brueckner “repeatedly carried out repair work” in the Algarve resort and was in town when the McCanns spent their holiday there.
McCann disappeared from a bedroom in the holiday rental apartment where she was sleeping with her twin siblings just shy of her 4th birthday while her parents dined at a nearby tapas bar with friends. The couples had taken turns checking on the children and the time frame between checks in which McCann disappeared was less than an hour, implying that whoever nabbed her was familiar with the property.
McCann’s parents were initially suspected by Portuguese authorities, which many believe led to the real perpetrator’s escape. They were eventually cleared in the case and went on to successfully sue a police investigator who wrote a book claiming their involvement.
A spokesperson for the documentary said they had carried out a reconstruction of the evening and Brueckner would have easily had time to snatch the child. The public prosecutor in Germany, where Brueckner is serving a jail sentence for raping a 72-year-old American woman at a resort in Portugal, was also interviewed. “We are grateful to the SAT.1 team for sharing certain findings with the public prosecutor's office,” he says in the documentary, according to a clip. “There are witnesses who might prefer to speak to the media than to us or the police. If this produces any ideas we will of course follow these up.”
Investigators have homed in on Brueckner, 45, since evidence including a child’s toy bucket was found buried in his back yard in 2020. Police first identified him as a potential suspect in the case in 2017 when it emerged he was living in an R.V. when she disappeared and phone records tie him to the Praia da Luz area the night she was abducted. He maintains his innocence and continues to write to journalists—including the German documentary makers—who will share his letters on the program Monday.
An excerpt from the program says one of the letters contains a bizarre rant about his innocence. “Where possible, only drive during the day so my battered ‘hippy bus’ didn’t attract attention, only driving on roads I needed to and, most importantly, never provoking the police,” he wrote, according to the excerpt. “So, that means not committing any crimes, certainly not abducting anyone. Having said that, this was just as absurd to me at the time as starting a nuclear war or slaughtering a chicken.”
German and Portuguese police continue to investigate the case supported by the British government’s Operation Grange which has spent hundreds of thousands of pounds investigating the case, citing no “definitive evidence whether she is alive or dead.”
Official suspect named in Madeleine McCann disappearance - BBC News 14,054 views Apr 23, 2022 A German man has been declared an official suspect by Portuguese prosecutors investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.
Christian Brueckner has been made an "arguido", but Portuguese authorities have not formally revealed the suspect's name.
In 2020 German police announced they were investigating him in connection with Madeleine's disappearance.
Brueckner has not been charged and denies any involvement in the case. German authorities informed him he was a suspect, at the request of Portuguese prosecutors in Faro.
Three-year-old Madeleine disappeared during a family holiday in Praia da Luz in 2007.
She has never been found and investigators believe she was abducted from the holiday apartment where the family were staying in the Algarve resort.