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25th May 2023

Madeleine McCann suspect went to reservoir days after her disappearance

Ellen Fitzpatrick

The prime suspect search for missing girl Madeleine McCann is said to have visited the Portuguese reservoir only days after she went missing.

Prime suspect Christian Brueckner is believed to have paid a visit to the area “some days” after Madeleine vanished from a holiday home in 2007, a source close to the investigation has revealed.

Police in Portugal are searching a reservoir for pajamas belonging to missing girl Madeleine McCann.

The news comes as divers searching for Madeleine are planning to enter the reservoir in the Algarve for the third day.

Detectives in Germany were informed by a “very credible source” close to the suspect that he had visited the Barragem do Arade, according to The Telegraph.

The Barragem do Arade is around 30 minutes from the Praia da Luz resort where Madeleine disappeared.

According to The Sun, the search, which started on Tuesday morning, is being taken very seriously.

A source said, “The search is being taken very seriously and is being controlled totally by the Germans.”

“They asked Portuguese officers assisting them to look for any evidence – but especially rags,” they continued.

Investigators are focusing on finding the pajamas Madeleine was wearing on the night she disappeared.

Madeleine McCann was wearing pink pajamas with Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh printed on them on the night she went missing.

Police launched the reservoir search following numerous tip-offs.

Police also discovered photos of the reservoir in suspect Christian Brueckner’s home.

Officers have never charged Christian Brueckner with her disappearance or murder but stressed that he is under investigation.

Brueckner, a convicted sex offender, is currently in prison in Germany after committing rape in 2005.


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