Investigation authorities involved in the case of Madeleine McCann’s disappearance have announced a significant development regarding the search for the missing girl.
German police, who have been actively pursuing leads in the investigation, have confirmed the recovery of several items during a recent search of the Barragem do Arade reservoir in the Algarve, Portugal.
This reservoir holds particular significance as it was referred to as a ‘little piece of paradise’ by the prime suspect, Christian Brueckner.
The location is situated approximately 30 miles away from where Madeleine was abducted in 2007.
To facilitate the search, detectives meticulously cleared a substantial woodland area surrounding the reservoir.
They meticulously excavated eight deep holes, extracting soil samples for further forensic and DNA testing in Germany.
Hans Christian Wolters, the lead prosecutor overseeing the case, has now disclosed that a “number of items” were apprehended during the operation. However, he cautioned that it is yet to be determined whether these items have a direct connection to the Madeleine McCann case.
Wolters further emphasised that the investigation into the 45-year-old suspect in Braunschweig is anticipated to continue for an extended period.
The search at the picturesque Barragem do Arade reservoir was prompted by a relevant clue discovered by the police.
An informant provided photographs placing Brueckner in proximity to the reservoir, prompting authorities to explore the area further.
During the search, various items, including a bra strap, clothing fragments, and plastic objects, were seized from the
While the relevance of these items to the investigation remains uncertain, they will undergo thorough analysis and examination. The soil samples obtained from the excavated holes will also undergo forensic and DNA testing, although the comprehensive results are not expected for several months.
This recent search operation marks a significant milestone in the investigation, as it is the most extensive effort conducted in nine years to locate the missing toddler.
The decision to explore the Barragem do Arade reservoir was guided by the discovery of photographs in Brueckner’s possession, showcasing his self-described “little paradise” in the Portuguese region.
The investigation has now expanded to include other areas surrounding Praia da Luz, where Madeleine was residing with her family at the time of her disappearance. German detectives meticulously examined over 8,000 photographs belonging to Brueckner, which unveiled additional potential search locations. The meticulous work of scrutinising these images aims to ascertain their relevance and the reasons behind Brueckner’s photographic interest in these areas.
It has been revealed that Brueckner would frequently camp near the reservoir, considering it a personal haven for self-reflection and cleansing. Described as secretive by those familiar with his activities, he would retreat to the reservoir in his campervan to bask in the proximity to the water. A former friend residing in the Algarve recalled Brueckner’s fondness for the reservoir and the enigmatic aura surrounding his visits. She attested to his consistent choice of camping spot, emphasizing that he preferred the seclusion and tranquility of the area.
In a surprising revelation, a British couple recently came forward with their encounter at the reservoir seven months after Madeleine’s disappearance.
Ralf and Ann, who prefer to remain anonymous, stumbled upon a peculiar makeshift memorial dedicated to Madeleine.
The memorial consisted of boulders arranged in an arrow shape, pointing towards a picnic site that was subsequently examined by the police.
The memorial itself was adorned with a large rock, a bouquet of flowers, and a photograph of the abducted child. The couple captured photographs of the shrine and reported their findings to Portuguese authorities. Astonishingly, they never received any response regarding the significance of their discovery.