August 11, 2022

Officials have formally declared a convicted German sex offender as a suspect in the Madeleine McCann case.

Christian Brueckner has officially been named as a suspect in the toddler’s 2007 disappearance but has not been charged with a crime, per The Times.

On Thursday, a statement issued by Portuguese prosecutors said a person was made an “arguido” – which translates to “named suspect,” a day earlier.

In 2020, German police named Brueckner as a person of interest for the first time in connection with the case.

A statement issued by the Faro Department of Criminal Investigation and Prosecution (DIAP) read, “As part of the investigation into the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of Madeleine McCann in 2007, a person was made an arguido on Wednesday.

Madeleine McCann vanished during a family vacation in the resort of Praia de Luz in Portugal’s Algarve region in 2007.
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“The person was made an arguido by the German authorities in the execution of a request for international judicial cooperation issued by the Public Ministry of Portugal.

“The investigation is led by the Portimao section of the DIAP in Faro with the assistance of the Policia Judiciaria police.

“The investigation has been carried out with the cooperation of the English and German authorities,” the statement concluded.

Brueckner, referred to as Christian B in Germany due to the country’s strict privacy laws, is currently serving a jail sentence for raping a 72-year-old woman in the same resort where McCann went missing.

Kate and Gerry McCann, the parents of the missing 4-year-old British girl Madeleine McCann, hold up a picture of Madeleine during a press conference on June 6, 2007 in Berlin, Germany.
Kate and Gerry McCann, the parents of the missing 4-year-old British girl Madeleine McCann, hold up a picture of Madeleine during a press conference on June 6, 2007 in Berlin, Germany.
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Madeleine McCann is displayed in Hampden Park Stadium in Scotland, on May 16 2007, in the UEFA Cup Final football match between Sevilla and Espanyol.
Madeleine McCann is displayed in Hampden Park Stadium in Scotland, on May 16 2007, in the UEFA Cup Final football match between Sevilla and Espanyol.
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The three-year-old vanished during a family vacation in the resort of Praia de Luz in Portugal’s Algarve region in 2007. She went missing from the resort on May 3, a few days before her fourth birthday.

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The toddler’s parents had left their three children sleeping in the apartment while they went to a restaurant nearby, returning regularly to check on McCann and her siblings.

But when her mom checked on the kids at 10 p.m., she was horrified to find the door and window to their bedroom wide open and the toddler nowhere to be found.

Next month will mark 15 years since McCann disappeared.