Madeleine McCann had been missing since 2007. Police have now reopened two other cases that may be linked to the suspect.
The death of a child is never easy for a parent to accept. But, not knowing if they are alive or not is downright tormenting. And Kate and Gerry McCann had been going through it for 13 years since their little girl's disappearance in 2007. Their daughter, Madeleine, who was then 3-years-old went missing while they were on vacation in Portugal's Praia da Luz. Since the incident, the family from the UK has gone through a lot.
Recently, the family was told that their daughter was no more. Though the investigation team in Germany did not produce evidence, they informed the parents that they had a suspect named Christian Brueckner.
However, the parents now fear that the suspect would walk free due to the lack of concrete evidence. "It looks like the latest suspect could be ruled out because there is not sufficient evidence to charge him which would be a huge embarrassment to the German authorities and very disappointing but not a total surprise to Kate and Gerry," told a source close to the family, according to the Daily Mail.
#MadeleineMcCann— Daniel Brobecker (@DanielBrobecker) July 15, 2020
Kate and Gerry #McCann would be hugely 'disappointed but not totally surprised' if the German investigation into Madeleine's disappearance is dropped due to lack of evidencehttps://t.co/hkqsbBx3x7
The source added, "‘It had initially appeared such a vital and solid lead, and the breakthrough they had been dreaming of, but there seems to be a lack of any real evidence." The insider went on to say that the family had been waiting for justice for too long now.
"Kate and Gerry have had their hopes raised and dashed so many times before. All they want is answers and to find out what happened to their daughter after more than 13 years. It is a very frustrating and difficult time for them," added the source, according to the Daily Mail.
The 43-year-old suspect is a convicted sex offender and was arrested for other crimes at first. He is currently in the German jail, serving 21 months for drug trafficking and seven years for abusing a 72-year-old American woman in Praia da Luz in 2005.
According to Mirror Online, German prosecutor Hans Christian Wolters revealed to family that the suspect "relatively quickly killed the girl, possibly abused her and then killed her." They also added that they knew how Madeleine was killed but claimed that they had not been successful in recovering the body which is crucial evidence to the case.
Madeleine McCann suspect Christian Brueckner LAUGHED at jokes that he was hiding the missing girl in his cellar https://t.co/uJx5sKqP2V— Daily Mail U.K. (@DailyMailUK) June 21, 2020
Though the officers are determined to uncover more evidence proving his links to the case, they fear he might be released before it. "The sooner we get evidence, the better for us to avoid the risk of him ever being released. If we find nothing new against him it could be that in seven years at the latest he may be released and leaves Germany for a country that doesn’t extradite," Hans added, as per Mirror UK.
The investigation officers recently unmasked the alleged ex-girlfriend of the suspect. The woman named Nicole Fehlinger was Brueckner's accomplice in raiding properties in the Algarve and helped him in a robbery at a house situated along the coast from Praia da Luz just six months after the 3-year-old went missing. However, no clear evidence has been found.
Meanwhile, the arrest of Brueckner has led to more shocking discoveries. According to Metro UK, the man has been linked to the disappearance of more kids. One of them, a girl named Inga Gehricke went missing on May 2, 2015, from a forest in Germany’s Saxony-Anhalt region. The kid was just 5 years old at the time of the incident.
Apparently, the sex offender was living in an unused factory in the town of Neuwegersleben. The town was located around 60 miles south-west of Stendal, Saxony-Anhalt. Though the police searched the factory in 2016, they were unable to find the missing child. However, they found child abuse images on a USB stick during the operation. But with no sign of the girl, the case was dropped. Meanwhile, Brueckner was charged with another crime at the time.
Portuguese authorities have conducted searches in three wells, according to witnesses, near where British toddler Madeleine McCann disappeared 13 years ago https://t.co/No3XDRlHn3— CNN (@CNN) July 14, 2020
Now, officers suspect there could be links between the cases of Madeleine and Inga. However, the German prosecutors claimed Brueckner was not a suspect in Inga’s disappearance.
Apart from Inga's case, the prosecutors also opened up the case of René Hasee, a boy, who is missing since 1996. The boy was last seen with his mother and stepfather while they were vacationing Aljezur, Portugal. The couple from Elsdorf, Germany saw their boy disappear after they saw him running in front of them. The couple found the boy's clothes on the beach but could not track him down. Recently, Germany’s Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) informed them that they were planning to reopen the case.
I have never seen Mr Gamble say anything about the suspiciously missing phone calls and text messages from Kate and Gerald #Mccann's phones. Why would a professional fail to mention this fact?https://t.co/DG6eJXRPm9— ScamHunter (@ScamHunter487) July 9, 2020
Meanwhile, Hans stated that they believed the suspect was responsible for more crimes. "We believe our suspect committed further crimes, especially sexual crimes, in Portugal possibly but also elsewhere like Germany," said Hans, according to The Times.
PART 7- https://t.co/TxHoiNLSyZ— 🐸 K (@k1067078) July 14, 2020
If it’s suddenly pushed back into the MSM we need to be asking WHY
The convicted sex offender is alleged to have fantasized about kidnapping and abusing minors, according to The Guardian.
On the other hand, investigators have found circumstantial evidence proving Brueckner's involvement in Madeleine's missing case. Police from the UK, Germany, and Portugal have all come together to bring justice to Madeleine and take the guilty to court. They have reached out to the public to help them with any information that might be helpful.