Fifteen years after Maddie McCann’s disappearance, a British woman who was abducted from a bed in an apartment in Algiers on the night of May 3, 2007, a Portuguese judge has taken a step forward to find a solution: German Christian Bruckner, convicted of kidnapping, has been jailed in Germany for other crimes. It has long been known to be behind bars. German authorities are also investigating Bruckner, 44, who is serving a prison sentence for drug trafficking at the request of a Portuguese prosecutor, and several other offenses, including raping a 72-year-old man. American citizen and a young woman.
“While the possibility is far away, Madeleine is still alive and we have not given up hope that we will find her,” Kate and Jerry McCann wrote in a note on the website on behalf of their daughter.
The girl was three years old when Priya was abducted from her sleeping room with her two twin brothers at a tourist complex in da Loos: her parents slept in the bedroom, and then the couple went home. Dinner at the building’s restaurant but in the meantime he supervised the children. The girl’s parents conducted an intensive search and the girl was not found.
Suspicions about Bruckner, who was living in the Priya da Luz area at the time, gained weight when she was deported from Portugal to Germany in 2017, and, among other things, were charged with child sexual abuse in Greece. An inquest into her whereabouts revealed that Maddie was near the place where McCann had stayed the night of the abduction from her cell phone traces. After all, that person has a horrific criminal record for his credits, including sexual abuse, physical assault, robbery and petty crime, some of which occurred during his stay in Portugal.
In Algarve, he lived in odd jobs and looted hotels and apartments. The suspect was identified after a lengthy investigation with the cooperation of British and German authorities. Meanwhile, the Portuguese police investigation, not always linear and clear, turned the disappearance of Madeleine into a case that echoed worldwide due to the international campaigns promoted by McCann and the disproportionate media interest that followed.
Prior to Bruckner’s indictment, Portuguese police had traced his whereabouts for many years and aroused mystery. One of those responsible for the investigation went to court for a book claiming that the child’s parents were responsible for an accidental murder. The case is certainly one of the major failures of the Portuguese police, who have opened more than 2,000 files and conducted more than 500 searches into the disappearance of a child, and in some cases nearly twenty suspects have arrived.
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