It’s a 14-year-old mystery. On May 3, 2007, little Madeleine McCann, 3, disappeared while spending her vacation in a hotel complex in Praia da Luz, Portugal. Since then, it is absolute silence. In nearly fifteen years, none of the tracks explored by the investigators has allowed to find the trace of the girl. However, in 2020, the German police announced that they had got their hands on a new suspect of interest: Christian Brückner. Incarcerated across the Rhine for the rape of a 72-year-old American in 2005, the 43-year-old man was living in the vicinity of Praia da Luz at the time of the disappearance of little Madeleine. The investigators therefore chose to focus their investigations on this new protagonist, in vain.
In a year, the German police have failed to obtain any confession from their suspect, who refuses any form of cooperation. In the Algarve, the defendant’s former friends are therefore starting to worry. For them, Christian Brückner is guilty. “I can not believe that after a year, nothing has happened”, indignant one of them in the columns of the Daily Mirror. “For those who were close to him here in Portugal, our lives were turned upside down when he was suspected. The more we remember what he was like and the more we read about him, the more we believe he was responsible for the kidnapping. of Madeleine. ” Fifteen years after Maddie’s disappearance, Brückner’s relatives fear only one thing: that the slowness of the German investigations will end up bringing the suspect back to the Algarve: “It’s incredible that the German police did not go to see Chris in jail to question him. We’re afraid he’ll never be tried, eventually be released and come back here. I think if the Germans have proof that Madeleine is dead, they have to say what it is. ” , estimated the source.
“It looks like the police are dragging their feet”
Same speech from the British police. According to Peter Kirkham, former chief inspector at Scotland Yard, the investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann has now gone on for far too long: “A year ago, Brueckner was named a suspect in the investigation into the disappearance of Maddie McCann. But nothing since then. Sounds weird, it looks like the police are dragging their feet. Identifying and questioning a suspect is not enough to lay a charge, let alone convict. This investigation has been going on for a long time, and I I’m afraid no politician will want to make the decision to say ‘stop’. But I think it’s time for someone to do it. Someone needs to be in charge of bringing those who know about the investigation together and making a decision. “We must continue or not. They have obviously made no progress in a year, I’m afraid that this track will eventually disappear,” said the police officer.
On May 12, Madeleine’s parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, celebrated what should have been their daughter’s 18th birthday. “We remain hopeful, as slim as it is, that we will see Madeleine again one day,” they wrote then on the official Facebook page of the “Find Madeleine” campaign.
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