Maddie McCann missing person's case: A macabre shrine at the Arade reservoir in Portugal is said to have triggered the new investigation.
Praia da Luz – For three days, investigators combed an area at the Arade reservoir in Portugal. The large-scale operation in the case of the missing Madeleine McCann has caused and continues to cause a lot of speculation. The British girl had disappeared in 2007 from a holiday home on the Algarve coast without a trace – 50 kilometers from the reservoir. A creepy dog is said to be behind the new search operation, media are now reporting.
Creepy dog at the Arade reservoir (Portugal) apparently triggered a new search operation in the Maddie case. © FILIPE AMORIM / AFP/Police
Maddie McCann case: creepy shrine apparently triggered a new search operation
The public prosecutor's office in Braunschweig and the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) had launched the operation in the Maddie case at the end of May. What exactly triggered the search remains unclear for the time being. "There is talk of recent developments", there is "of course a hint" that the police will investigate, said prosecutor Hans Christian Wolters at the request of IPPEN. MEDIA. The authorities are silent on further details, referring to "investigative tactical reasons".
Shreds of fabric were found and soil samples were also taken, Portuguese media report. "A relevant clue had been found," wrote the Portuguese newspaper Correio da Manha, including a "bra strap", clothing and plastic items. A renowned forensic expert names three possible theories in the Maddie missing person case and explains the investigators' approach.
British couple discovered mysterious Maddy shrine
According to the latest findings, a creepy find at the Arade reservoir was probably the trigger for the intensive search. A British couple discovered a "shrine" there – but already in 2007, as the Daily Mail writes. The makeshift memorial consisted of stones or boulders arranged in the shape of an arrow and pointing in the direction of a picnic area. Flowers were lying on a stone and a photo of Madeleine was also decorated. The couple photographed the shrine before it was destroyed shortly afterwards and sent the images to the police.
After the couple learned that the German Christian B. was being investigated, they also sent the photos to the BKA. The German authorities reacted immediately and contacted them.
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The Braunschweig public prosecutor's office assumes that the German kidnapped and murdered Christian B. Maddie in 2007. The 46-year-old is considered the main suspect and has a criminal record for serious child sexual abuse, among other things. Christian B. lived regularly in the Algarve from 1995 to 2007. However, the authority has not yet brought charges against B. in the "Maddie" case. Whether the last piece of the puzzle in the case of missing Maddie McCann was found more than 16 years after her disappearance remains to be seen. (ml)