Will there be a breakthrough in the Madeleine McCann case? explains the German public prosecutor
German Attorney General Christian Walters admitted Thursday that there is little hope of an imminent breakthrough in the search for the missing Briton Madeleine McCann. The Portuguese, British and German services combed the area around the retention reservoir in southern Portugal for three days. “Of course there are expectations, but they are not high,” he said.
On Tuesday, services PortugalGermany and the United Kingdom began a search for a holding reservoir in southern Portugal in connection with the high-profile case of the disappearance of three-year-old Madeleine McCann in 2007. The procedure is being carried out at the request of German authorities who determined that the reservoir area had been visited in the past by a man suspected of missing the girl in 2007.
A source close to the investigation told Reuters that after three days of searching, there was “nothing to help”. It also stipulates that any samples taken will be analyzed in Germany.
The prosecutor indicates what they are looking for
On the other hand, German Attorney General Christian Wolters admitted that “there are of course some expectations, but they are not high.” According to him, it was important to show that the authorities were investigating the matter.
“Of course we’re still looking for the body,” Walters said. “That’s not all we’re looking for,” he added. “There are other things, too,” he said. He said the search has no set timeline and could continue on Friday.
The Public Prosecutor said that the discovery of any clothes or objects could help in the investigation. “You can imagine a lot,” Walters said.
According to eyewitnesses, British police left the reservoir early Thursday afternoon, while German investigators were filling their tents on a nearby hill.
Portuguese police, who are leading the search, declined to comment.
What links the tank to Madeleine McCann’s disappearance?
The retention tank is located about 50 kilometers from the city of Praia da Luz, where Madeleine McCann was last seen. He is being searched at the request of the German police who have concluded that the suspect in the German case, Christian B. The 45-year-old had visited the vicinity of the reservoir in the past. Christian B. , the suspect in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann since 2020He had previously been convicted of child sex offenses and drug trafficking. He has been in prison since 2019 for raping a woman in the Algarve, Portugal – the same area where three-year-old Madeleine disappeared.
In November 2022, in a separate investigation, a German court He issued a warrant for the arrest of Christian B. The arrest followed charges filed in five other separate cases of sexual offenses with children. An arrest warrant was issued to ensure that he would not be released after serving his sentence.
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Madeline McCann. Services are still trying to solve the mystery of the disappearance
Madeleine McCann was kidnapped from her parents’ rented apartment In Praia da Luz on May 3, 2007. The parents immediately reported her missing, and the services launched a search, but the girl was never found. To this day, it is not known what happened or if McCann was alive. There were several suspects in the case, but no one was charged. In 2008, the Portuguese police dropped the case. Three years later, British investigators took it up. The Scotland Yard investigation also fails to solve the mystery of Madeleine McCann’s disappearance.
However, German investigators are currently conducting their own investigation.
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