Madeleine McCann search resumes in Portugal 16 years after British toddler’s disappearance
Portuguese authorities on Monday resumed a search for lacking Madeleine McCann – a British woman who went lacking as a toddler from a 2007 household trip in Praia da Luz.
Madeleine was abducted from the household’s ground-floor residence in the coastal, southern Portuguese metropolis on May 3, 2007, when she was 3 years previous.
Over the subsequent a number of days in Portugal’s Algarve area, police will conduct “new searches… at the request of the German Authorities” and with the “presence of British authorities,” Portugal’s Judiciary Police stated in a translated assertion.
Police are anticipated to supply extra data as soon as it turns into accessible.
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Earlier on Monday, police had been seen conducting a search close to the Arade dam, about 31 miles from Praia da Luz.
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In 2020, German authorities named Christian Brueckner, 45, as a suspect in Madeleine’s disappearance. Brueckner continues to disclaim his involvement in the case.
Brueckner spent many years in Portugal, together with in Praia da Luz, across the time of Madeleine’s disappearance.
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Brueckner has been serving a seven-year sentence for raping a 72-year-old lady in 2005, Reuters reported. He was charged in 2022 for intercourse crimes towards youngsters that German authorities allege he dedicated in Portugal between 2000 and 2017.
Madeleine was born in May 2003 and could be turning 20 years previous this month.
On May 3, Madeleine’s dad and mom, Kate and Gerry McCann, stated in a press release marking 16 years since their daughter’s disappearance that they await a “breakthrough” in the case.
“Thank you to everyone for your support — it really helps,” they stated in the assertion posted to the “Official Find Madeleine Campaign” Facebook web page.
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Madeleine’s lacking individuals case obtained renewed consideration this yr after a Polish lady shared her perception that she might be the lacking woman on social media – an concept that was later debunked by a DNA check.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.