Police issue update as divers search remote reservoir for Madeleine McCann

New developments are underway in the search for Madeleine McCann.

Ever since her disappearance back in 2007, McCann’s story has captivated people around the world, as her parents have never given up hope of finding their daughter.

On the evening of May 3, 2007, a three-year-old Madeleine disappeared from her bed while staying at a vacation apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal.

Her parents – Kate and Gerry McCann – were dining with friends at a nearby tapas restaurant at the time.

This week, BBC News reports that police divers have started searching a remote reservoir in Portugal, which is located 31 miles (50km) from where the British toddler went missing.


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The search is being led by German police, as they continue their investigation into the “arguido” – or formal suspect – Christian Brueckner.

As of this writing, the BBC reports that police teams from Germany, the UK, and Portugal have set up tents around The Arade dam, with divers and sniffer dogs present around the bank.

A short statement released by German police on Tuesday reads: “As part of the investigation into the case of Madeleine McCann there are currently measures related to the criminal process taking place in Portugal.

“The measures are being implemented […] by the Portuguese law enforcement authorities with the support of officers of the [German] Federal Criminal Police Office. Further information on the background will not be released at this time.”

Brueckner, now 45, was reportedly living in a camper van near Praia da Luz in Portugal at the time of McCann’s disappearance, with phone records allegedly showing that he received a call near McCann’s vacation apartment about an hour before the toddler disappeared.

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He has denied any wrongdoing in the child’s disappearance, even writing a letter from his jail cell in Germany stating: “I’m the most-known bad person in the world and I did nothing – well almost nothing.”

Brueckner went on to say that he “wasn’t attacking anybody” after he turned 18, adding: “I made some silly mistakes when I was younger but who hasn’t?”

Referring specifically to Madeleine’s disappearance, Brueckner continued: “They had [sic] not even one proof that I was involved with the McCann case. And they still don’t have it.”

He claims he is only being suspected because of his criminal history.

“They have no hairs or anything from Maddie what means [sic] that nobody can put anything like that into my stuff to find it,” he wrote.

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