German prosecutor says there is 'evidence' Madeleine McCann is dead

Updated: Jun 10, 2020

A German prosecutor has claimed there is evidence Madeleine McCann is dead.

The prosecutor told Sky news: "We got things we cannot communicate that speak for the theory that Madeleine is no longer alive, even if I have to admit that we don't have the body."

Hans Christian Wolters said police need more information about where the new suspect, named as Christian Brückner has lived so police can search for Madeleine's body.

Mr Wolters said: "The hard evidence we don't have, we don't have the crucial evidence of Madeleine McCann's body.

"We expect that she is dead, but we don't have enough evidence that can get us a warrant for our suspect in Germany for the murder of Madeleine McCann.

"At the moment we also don't have enough proof for a trial at court, but we have some evidence that the suspect has done the deed."

Brückner was named as a possible key suspect following information received from several tipoffs out of the 500 calls made after the broadcast of German TV’s Crimewatch equivalent, Aktenzeichen XY, in 2013, in which Gerry and Kate McCann appeared in person to appeal to the public for information.

The development comes as reports on Friday said authorities were looking into connections with the disappearance of a six-year-old German boy in Portugal in 1996.

Mr Wolters believes there are other British victims of sex attacks and has urged them to contact police.

Madeleine was nearly four when she vanished from her family's holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in May 2007.

She had been left sleeping with her young twin siblings while their parents dined with friends nearby.

The suspect is currently in a German jail for drugs offences, but this week completed two thirds of his sentence and is eligible for early release if a judge agrees to free him.

He is also challenging a conviction last December for the rape of an elderly American woman in Portugal in 2005.