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Madeleine McCann ‘killed in Portugal – not Germany’, claims prosecutor

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Madeleine disappeared in 2007 aged three during a family holiday to Portugal. Her parents continue to hold out hope she will be found alive.

The disappearance sparked a huge manhunt involving Portuguese, British and eventually German police.

According to The Mirror, German prosecutor Hans Christian Wolters is confident she died in Portugal.

He had previously said there is “concrete evidence” indicating she was killed by ‘Christian B’, a convicted German sex offender.

However, thus far Mr Wolters has declined to make this publicly available.

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Madeleine McCann disappeared in 2007 (Image: PA)

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Madeleine was on holiday in Portugal with her parents when she vanished (Image: GETTY)

‘Christian B’ is currently serving a seven-year jail sentence for the 2005 rape of a 72-year-old American woman in Portugal.

His lawyer, Friedrich Fulscher, insists he was not involved in Madeleine’s disappearance.

In July 2020 German authorities investigated a Hanover allotment near where ‘Christian B’ used to stay.

It was reported they were looking for any evidence, potentially including computer hard drives, connected to the case.

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German prosecutor Hans Christian Wolters is confident Madeleine died in Portugal (Image: GETTY)

However, Mr Wolters said they did not expect to find Madeleine’s body on site.

He commented: “Since Christian B did not have the allotment at the time of Maddie’s disappearance, he could not have buried a body there.”

Madeleine was on holiday in Portugal’s Algarve region, along with her parents and two younger siblings, when she disappeared.

Kate and Gerry McCann were dining at a restaurant with friends 55 meters away from the rental property.

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Madeleine vanished from a holiday complex in Portugal (Image: GETTY)

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A police officer outside the McCann’s family home in 2007 (Image: GETTY)

They regularly checked in on the children and at 10pm Ms McCann noticed Madeleine was missing.

In June 2020 German prosecutors said they “assumed” Madeleine is dead.

He Wolters, from the Braunschweig Public Prosecutor’s Office, commented: “We are assuming that the girl is dead.

“With the suspect, we are talking about a sexual predator who has already been convicted of crimes against little girls and he’s already serving a long sentence.”

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The suspect lived in the Algarve region regularly between 1995 and 2007.

Clarence Mitchell, the family’s spokesman, described the new German lead as “potentially very significant”.

He added: “Of all the thousands of leads and potential suspects that have been mentioned in the past, there has never been something as clear cut as that from not just one, but three police forces.”

The Metropolitan Police said they are continuing to treat the case as a “missing persons” investigation as they lack “definitive evidence” on whether Madeleine is alive.

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A Portuguese police officer searching near where Madeleine went missing (Image: GETTY)

British, German and Portuguese police have put up a £20,000 reward for information leading to a conviction over Madeleine’s disappearance.

Last week the McCann’s paid tribute to their daughter on what would have been her 18th birthday.

They said: “Happy 18th birthday Madeleine. We love you and we’re waiting for you and we’re never going to give up.”



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