Thirteen years after the disappearance of the small British Madeleine McCann in Portugal, the identification of a new suspect, a German, already condemned for paedophilia, gives new hope to shed light on the deep mystery surrounding this case is full of twists and turns.
Marking a new development in this story which held the breath of the planet, the German police announced on Wednesday to investigate this new suspect and launched an appeal for witnesses. He is a pedophile multirécidiviste 43-year old German, currently in prison in his country “for another matter”.
The girl’s parents, Gerry and Kate McCann, “are grateful and commend this appeal to witnesses. They simply want to know what happened to their daughter, uncover the truth and bring those responsible to justice,” said their spokesman, Clarence Mitchell, on the BBC.
“They have not lost the hope to find in life, despite the time spent. (…) But they are realistic and say that whatever the outcome of this call for witnesses (…), they need to know to find peace,” he added.
Madeleine McCann disappeared from her bedroom on may 3, 2007, a few days before his fourth birthday, in the small seaside resort of Praia da Luz, in the south of Portugal, where she was staying on holiday with his family.
As the british police, the spokesperson for the family described the identification of this suspect”significant” in this case, which was One of the most everyday british Thursday.
“Thousands of leads and potential suspects mentioned in the past or discussed in the media, there has never been anything so clear, not the police, but of the three fonts”, he said.
The new suspect would have lived for several years in a house near Praia da Luz and would have worked in the region, particularly in the restoration. He was identified thanks to a “close collaboration” between the policies of German, british and Portuguese, a result of intelligence received by the British after an appeal launched on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the disappearance.
After 14 months of investigations, controversial, marked in particular by the indictment of the parents of the little girl before they are bleached, and then the dismissal of the inspector in charge of the investigation, the police Portuguese had closed the case in 2008 before re-opening the file for five years later.
The british police had opened its own investigation in July 2013. For its part, the Portuguese justice has indicated to continue the investigation and conduct hearings of witnesses in the framework of the investigation.
According to the German police, some elements suggest that the suspect was also winning his life by “committing of offences, including burglaries of hotel complexes and holiday apartments”, as well as drug trafficking.
The call information includes two phone numbers, as well as two vehicles that he would have used a Jaguar XJR 6 dark-colored registered to Augsburg, in Bavaria, and a van Volkswagen T3 Westfalia white and yellow with a plate of Portuguese.
The british police, who described the suspect as a white man of about 1.80 meters, thin, and blond hair short” in 2007, has indicated that he would have lived in this van “for days, or even weeks” and that he may have used the may 3, 2007, the day of the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.
Several british newspapers cited comments made last year by the ex-police officer in charge of the investigation, Goncalo Amaral. He had then said that investigators are focused again on a pedophile German, who had been rejected from the list of suspects in 2008, and which was referred to Madeleine in the online discussions.