Police search for Madeleine McCann in the Algarve 16 years after her disappearance

Police search for Madeleine McCann in the Algarve 16 years after her disappearance

Sixteen years after the disappearance of the British girl Madeleine McCann while on vacation with his parents in the Algarve luso, police searches return today to the south of Portugal in a new attempt to solve the case.

At the request of the German authorities, and with the presence of English agents, the Portuguese police operation takes place in the dam of Aradabout 50 kilometers from Praia da Luz, where the girl was kidnapped and one of the places frequented by the main suspect, Christian Brueckner.

He May 3, 2007when she was three years old, Madeleine disappeared from the room of a tourist complex, where she slept with her little brothers.

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After years of research, the German Christian Brueckner was constituted last year as "arguido", a Portuguese figure that is used to designate formal suspects on whom strong indications fall, prior to the accusation, with the aim of avoiding the prescription of the case.

16 years of mystery

Madeleine He disappeared from the apartment that his family had rented in Praia da Luz, where he slept with his brothers -two two-year-old twins- while his parents had dinner with a group of friends in the same tourist complex.

Since then, the case has followed different lines of investigation, theories and suspects.

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Among the theories considered, there was speculation about the accidental death of the girl at the hands of her parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, an idea that was defended tooth and nail by the Portuguese inspector who led the case, Gon├žalo Amaral.

Amaral came to publish a book with his hypothesis and the conflict with Maddie's parents ended in court.

the suspect

The case took a turn in 2020, when the authorities officially identified Bruecknerimprisoned in Germany for other crimes, as a suspect in the disappearance.

A German citizen accused of the disappearance of the girl Madeleine McCann in the Algarve

The German Prosecutor's Office in Braunschweig works with the theory that Madeleine died at the hands of Brueckner, who has a long history of crimes for sexual abuse and pedophiliasome of them in Portugal.

Suspicions against him gained weight after he was extradited from Portugal to Germany in 2017 accused of a case of sexual abuse to minors in Greece.

The investigation of his movements showed, by the trace of his mobile phonewho was near the holiday resort where the McCanns were staying the night Madeleine was abducted.