In connection with the disappearance of the then three-year-old British girl Madeleine Beth McCann from an apartment complex in Praia da Luz in Portugal in May 2007, the public prosecutor's office in Braunschweig is investigating a 43-year-old German on suspicion of murder. This was announced by the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA).
The suspect is a multiple criminal offender who has been convicted of sexual abuse of children, among other things. The man is currently serving a longer sentence for another cause.
According to the investigative authorities, the suspect lived regularly in the Algarve between 1995 and 2007, including for a few years in a house between Lagos and Praia da Luz. According to the current knowledge of the police authorities, he had several odd jobs during his time in the Lagos area. The man is said to have worked in the catering trade, among other things. In addition, he is said to have made a living from burglaries in hotel complexes and holiday apartments, but also from drug trafficking.
Madeleine McCann had vanished from a hotel complex on May 3, 2007, at the age of three, on vacation in Portugal. The case had caused media attention worldwide, and the responsible investigative authorities have been investigating and reporting clues to this missing person for 13 years. Meanwhile, the parents Kate and Gerry McCann have also been investigated, but the suspicion has been resolved.
People asked for help
On Wednesday evening the parents of the missing girl were guests on the ZDF program "Aktenzeichen XY ... unresolved", where the BKA, on behalf of the Braunschweig public prosecutor, asked the viewers for specific information. BKA official Christian Hoppe spoke to moderator Rudi Cerne about the trail to Germany.
The Braunschweig public prosecutor's office is involved in the investigation because the suspect had his last residence in the district before his stay abroad.
As part of the investigation, which is being carried out on behalf of the Braunschweig public prosecutor's office by the Federal Criminal Police Office in cooperation with the MetropolitanPolice / Great Britain and the Polícia Judiciária / Portugal, the public is now also asked to help. A corresponding witness call with further information can be found on the website of the Federal Criminal Police Office. Due to the ongoing investigations, according to the police, no further information on the facts, in particular no further details on the specific allegations and the previous results of the investigation, can be communicated at the present time.
For relevant information, citizens can also contact the authorities by phone - either until 1.30 a.m. on Wednesday morning on the telephone hotline of the ZDF program at 089 - 95 01 95 or at any time directly on the BKA's telephone number at 0611 - 55 18444 or at any local police station.