Portuguese, German and British troops have started this Tuesday morning a new search linked to the disappearance of the girl Madeleine McCann 16 years ago, following a request made by the German Prosecutor's Office, where the only suspect identified so far is being held. for this case, Christian Brueckner.
The Brunswick Prosecutor's Office has confirmed this Tuesday in a brief statement the start of these works, linking them to the case of 'Maddie', although without giving more information about it. The search is concentrated around the Arade dam, located about 50 kilometers from Praia da Luz, the place where the girl lost track when she was with her family on vacation in the Algarve.
The Portuguese authorities have established a wide perimeter and have prohibited aircraft, including drones, from flying over the area. For now, no searches are planned in the water, although a boat and a team of specialists have been deployed if necessary, reports Portuguese public television.
A British Police official, Mark Cranwell, has confirmed in a statement the involvement of the body in these investigations and that they will be present "while the work lasts", with a view to "informing" the girl's family of any possible news. Maddie's parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, published a message this month in which they promised to "never give up" in the search, coinciding with the 20th anniversary of the little girl's birth.
The case took a new turn in 2020, when German police identified Brueckner as a suspect in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. This 45-year-old man is already serving a sentence and is also pending another trial for sexual crimes allegedly perpetrated between 2000 and 2017.