Investigators in Madeleine McCann’s disappearance case came forward last Friday to say that they are “100% sure” they have found the person who abducted and possibly murdered the young girl.
German prosecutor Christian Wolter told the Mirror that investigators believe that sex offender Christian Brueckner murdered McCann. Wolter explained that the team has sufficient evidence to charge Brueckner but are hoping to “strengthen their position” before doing so. Brueckner is a convicted pedophile.
Wolter, who is in charge of the case, told the Mirror “It is now possible that we could charge. We have that evidence now.
“But it’s not just about charging him – we want to charge him with the best body of evidence possible. When we still have questions, it would be nonsense to charge rather than wait for the answers that could strengthen our position. That’s why we said we’ll investigate as long as there are leads or information for us to pursue.”
McCann was nearly four years of age when she vanished from her Portuguese holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in 2007. Since her disappearance officials have issued digital images of what Madeleine might look like today as her parents Gerry and Kate have never given up the search. Her disappearance triggered a worldwide search but there were no breaks in her case for years.
No forensic evidence was recovered in Madeleine McCann case, but strong circumstantial evidence exists
Wolter clarified that they have not recovered McCann’s body, cannot prove that she has died, and have no forensic evidence that connects Brueckner to her suspected murder. But the investigators have very strong circumstantial evidence:
“I personally think a conclusion will be reached next year. We have no body and no DNA but we have other evidence. Based on the evidence we have, it leads to no other conclusion.”
Brueckner, who is 43 years old, is currently serving a 21-month sentence in Kiel, Germany for drug trafficking charges, but was living in a van outside of the area in Portugal where McCann vanished in 2007. Investigators say that Brueckner confessed the crime to a friend, and phone records indicate that he received a call from a location near the McCann family’s vacation apartment before McCann’s disappearance.
“It is circumstantial evidence – we have no scientific evidence. If we had a video of the act or a picture of Madeleine dead with Brueckner on camera, we wouldn’t have had to make a public appeal. But we only have circumstantial evidence,” said Wolters.
Although the team of investigators told the McCanns that “We are confident we have the man who took and killed your daughter,” the family still feels alienated and distressed by the investigation, indicating that they had limited access to information about the process.
A source close to the family told The Sun Online that “Police don’t tell us what’s going on, we’re in the dark because it‘s an ongoing investigation. But if it is him, and there’s no direct and conclusive evidence he may never say a word. He’s not saying a word now. He’s locked up for other crimes, so at least he’s in the best place – in jail.”