Madeleine McCann: Expert on missing person investigation
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Convicted rapist and child sexual abuser Christian Brueckner was identified as the prime suspect in Madeleine’s disappearance by investigators in Braunschweig in June 2020. They believe he is responsible for the killing of Maddie. Brueckner has always denied all allegations in relation to the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.
He was known to be working as a handyman in the area at the time.
Now, a new German documentary by TV channel Sat.1 – which airs tonight – will say that Brueckner carried out repair work at the Ocean Club in Praia da Luz before the three-year-old disappeared in 2007.
Evidence gathered by investigative journalists suggests he was “very familiar” with the resort and the surrounding area.
The documentary makers have shared their revelations with German authorities before the show airs.
Reacting to the revelations, Hans Christian Wolters, spokesperson for the public prosecutor’s office in Braunschweig, said: “We are grateful to the SAT.1 team for sharing certain findings with the public prosecutor’s office.
“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.”
Madeleine went missing when she was three years old, while her family were on holiday in Portugal in 2007.
Brueckner was believed by prosecutors to be living in the Algarve between 1995 and 2007.
The day after Madeleine disappeared, the suspect transferred his Jaguar car to someone else’s name.
Police also uncovered phone records that appeared to place him in the Praia da Luz area on the evening of Madeleine’s disappearance.
The documentary will further reveal correspondence between the incarcerated Brueckner and a German investigative journalist who questioned him on the allegations.
Brueckner was known to live a transient life at the time of her disappearance and used a camper van.
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He claimed in letters to an investigative journalist that his drug dealing while he was in the Algarve precluded him from abduction.
In one such letter, Brueckner writes: “I was never caught by the police because I followed a few key principles.
“Where possible, only driving during the day so that my battered ‘hippy bus’ didn’t attract attention, only driving on the roads I needed to and, most importantly never provoking the police.
“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 prosecutors are sure that Brueckner was responsible for the kidnap and killing of Madeleine, but have yet to bring charges as the evidence gathered so far remains circumstantial.
Last week, Mr Wolters told Express.co.uk: “It is correct that we hope to solve the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. It remains to be seen whether we will be able to do this. The investigations are currently ongoing.
“Whether this will lead to an indictment, I cannot say today. At the moment Christian B. is our only suspect.”
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