Portugal identifies suspect in probe of missing British girl

Portuguese prosecutors are officially implicating a suspect in the investigation into Madeleine McCann, a 3-year-old British girl who disappeared practically 15 years ago while on a family trip in the southern European countryByThe Associated PressApril 22, 2022, 10:20 AM – 1 minutes readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleLISBON, Portugal– Prosecutors in southern Portugal are officially accusing a suspect in the examination into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, a British woman who vanished nearly 15 years ago while on a family vacation in the southern European country.A declaration on Thursday by the Public Ministry district of Faro, the biggest city in Portugals Algarve region, did not call the suspect however stated they were acting on a request by German authorities and in coordination with English investigators.In mid-2020, Germanys police recognized Christian Brueckner, a German person, as a suspect in the case.McCann was 3 years old at the time of her disappearance from a home where her family was vacationing in the Algarve seaside town of Praia da Luz.Brueckner, 45, is serving a sentence on drug offenses in a German jail and has a pending seven-year sentence for the 2005 rape of a 72-year-old American lady in Portugal. The rape likewise took location in Praia da Luz.Brueckner has rejected any involvement in Madeleines disappearance.Investigators in the nearby town of Portimao are leading the probe with the support of the Judiciary Police, the prosecutors statement said.

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