British toddler Madeleine McCann vanished without a trace in 2007 from her family’s holiday apartment in Portugal and 12 years later, investigators may be one step closer to solving the case.
An exclusive report by Sky News claims the latest suspect is a German man already being investigated over alleged child sex offences. According to the report, the man was on remand in prison in Germany when authorities alerted Portuguese investigators working with Scotland Yard on the case.
It is reported the man was living in the Algarve region – close to where Madeleine vanished when she was just three years old from a holiday apartment in the Praia da Luz resort. He wasn’t a suspect at the time of Madeleine’s disappearance but other alleged paedophiles were investigated and eliminated as people of interest in the case. Lisbon-based newspaper Expresso initially reported that a foreign paedophile was a new suspect in the disappearance.
May 12 marks the official anniversary since Madeleine went missing and her parents Gerry and Kate shared a heartbreaking message alongside a photograph of their daughter on Facebook earlier this week.
“It’s that time of year again. As much as we’d like to fast forward the first couple of weeks of May, there’s no getting around it,” they wrote. “The months and years roll by too quickly; Madeleine will be sixteen this month. It’s impossible to put into words just how that makes us feel. There is comfort and reassurance though in knowing that the investigation continues and many people around the world remain vigilant.
“Thank you to everyone who continues to support us and for your ongoing hope and belief. For as long as it takes.”
The latest news follows the launch of a new Netflix documentary series which made a number of sensational claims about Madeleine’s disappearance.
“If you made a dozen movies out of this, nobody would believe them,” one investigator said in the documentary.
Another added: “I’ve done thousands of cases. With the Madeleine case, I’ve seen the worst things a human being can see. The worst.”
One suspect claimed police wanted him to confess to taking the toddler and explained that he thought he had been “set up”. The documentary also claimed that the area where Madeleine McCann vanished was known for its high number of sexual predators and that human trafficking was a huge problem.
Madeleine’s parents didn’t appear in the documentary and said it could impact the ongoing investigation.
“The production company told us that they were making the documentary and asked us to participate,” they said before the documentary’s release.
“We did not see and still do not see how this programme will help the search for Madeleine and, particularly given there is an active police investigation, could potentially hinder it.”