Madeleine McCann latest update: Search for reservoir in Portugal ends as ‘materials’ sent away for testing

Police investigate Madeleine McCann disappearance ‘to search reservoir’

Material collected during a three-day search for evidence of Madeleine McCann’s disappearance will be sent to Germany for investigation, Portuguese police have confirmed.

Officers ended their search for the Algarve reservoir on Thursday, where prime suspect Christian Brueckner was reportedly visiting “a few days” after the three-year-old’s disappearance on May 3, 2007.

Using sniffer dogs and a tractor-mounted tree cutter, authorities searched the Barragem do Arade reservoir in the Algarve – about 50 kilometers inland from where the McCanns were staying.

On Tuesday, officers acting on “credible information” were said to be looking for items of clothing and old rags that could be linked to her disappearance, as reported by police. Daily mail.

A source close to the investigation told Reuters there was nothing tangible to report, while German prosecutor Christian Wolters downplayed the hopes, adding: “Of course there is some expectation, but it is not high.”

Brueckner has denied any involvement and is currently behind bars in Germany for raping a 72-year-old woman in the same part of Portugal.


Madeleine McCann police provide an update on the end of the search for the reservoir in Portugal

Police have said materials unearthed during a three-day search for evidence of Madeleine McCann’s disappearance at a remote reservoir in Portugal are being sent for analysis.

Authorities this week searched the Algarve’s Barragem do Arade reservoir, using sniffer dogs and cutting down trees as part of the search inland from the coastal town where the then-three-year-old went missing in 2007.

When police ended their three-day search on Thursday, they confirmed that “collected material” had been sent to Germany for analysis.

Members of the media at Barragem do Arade reservoir in Portugal after the area was reopened to media

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Members of the media at the Barragem do Arade reservoir in Portugal after the area was reopened to the media

(PA wire)

William MattaMay 25, 2023 9:01 PM


The German prosecutor downplays the hope of a breakthrough

This is reported by a source close to the investigation Reuters there was nothing tangible to report, while German prosecutor Christian Wolters downplayed hopes for a breakthrough, saying: “Of course there is a certain expectation, but it is not high.”

He added that the detectives were looking for a body, as well as anything that could aid the investigation, such as clothing.

Mr. Wolters said he did not expect the results of the studies of the collected samples to be announced any time soon.

Hans Christian Wolters, spokesman for the public prosecutor’s office in Braunschweig, Germany

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Hans Christian Wolters, spokesman for the public prosecutor’s office in Braunschweig, Germany

(Martin Meissner/AP)

William MattaMay 25, 2023 10:00 PM


Officers photograph the excavation site before police told them to stand down

Police photographed an excavation site near the shores of a remote reservoir in Portugal as Madeleine McCann’s new searches entered a third day.

Officers turned their attention to a patch of forest on a peninsula near the Barragem do Arade on Thursday after a digging operation began Wednesday afternoon.

Heavy machinery, which had been used to cut through the vast undergrowth, was removed from the search area on Thursday afternoon after reports that officers should have stood down by 4 p.m.

Much of the Barragem do Arade has been cordoned off since Tuesday morning, about 50 kilometers from where Madeleine went missing in 2007.

Officers used shovels to dig out their area of ​​interest, and sniffer dogs and picks have also been used in the searches.

While some concentrated on the digging site, others used rakes and shovels to excavate the area, slowly making their way through the freshly trimmed undergrowth.

The operation is being carried out at the request of German detectives who believe their prime suspect, convicted sex offender Christian Brueckner, 45, kidnapped and murdered the youngster.


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Sixteen years after Madeleine McCann disappeared from the holiday apartment in the Algarve where she slept next to her little twin brothers and sisters, the police have launched another major search for evidence.

After lying dormant for several years since David Cameron launched an ultimately fruitless Metropolitan Police investigation in 2011, the case of the missing three-year-old was revived in 2020 when German prosecutors revealed a new suspect.

But three years later, 43-year-old convicted pedophile Christian Brueckner — who denies any connection to the missing youth — has yet to face charges as he languishes in a German prison for the rape of a 72-year-old American woman two years ago. prior to Madeleine’s disappearance at the same resort.

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German prisoner Christian Brueckner was first mentioned in connection with the unsolved mystery that summer and officially named as a suspect last year. His yellow and white VW T3 Westfalia campervan is said to have been near the Praia da Luz resort in Portugal, where the young girl went missing on May 3, 2007.

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In pictures: Scenes at Portugal’s reservoir today



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Watch: Madeleine McCann: Sniffer dogs and picks used to search reservoir

Madeleine McCann: Sniffer dogs and picks were used to search the reservoir

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Portugal reservoir search ends in hours after police said to ‘stand down’

An investigation has been underway since this week after German detectives were informed by a “highly credible source” that prime suspect Christian Brueckner visited the reservoir “a few days” after Madeleine’s disappearance.

However, The mirror reported that a police source said, “The GNR has received instructions to stand down at 4 p.m. local time.”

The Barragem do Arade is about 50 kilometers from the resort of Praia da Luz where Maddy disappeared. Investigators believe the 45-year-old killed Madeleine, then three, after kidnapping her from a holiday apartment.

Maryam Zakir-HusseinMay 25, 2023 12:58 PM


ICYMI: Madeleine McCann police search remote location frequented by prime suspect

Police looking for Madeleine McCann are launching a massive search at a remote Algarve reservoir frequented by prime suspect Christian Brueckner.

A little less than a mile away, Portuguese civil protection workers and police were seen erecting large blue tents.

An onlooker said, “There are about two dozen Policia Judiciaria officers who appear to be overseeing at this stage.”

Portugal’s judicial police on Monday evening confirmed reports from the German-led investigation, with German and British officers expected to reach the area shortly.

Maroosha MuzaffarMay 25, 2023 12:30 PM


Live: Portuguese police push through in the dam to Madeleine McCann on the third day

Watch the live stream of Portuguese police searching the Algarve reservoir on the third day of the search for Madeleine McCann.

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