Madeleine McCann’s latest update: Portugal reservoir search ends with ‘materials’ sent for testing

Police investigate Madeleine McCann’s disappearance ‘to look for reservoir’

The material collected in a three-day hunt for evidence about the disappearance of Madeleine McCann will be sent to Germany for testing, confirmed the Portuguese police.

Officials concluded the search of the Algarve reservoir on Thursday, where the main suspect, Christian Brueckner, is said to have visited “a few days” after the three-year-old boy went missing on May 3, 2007.

Using sniffer dogs and a tractor-based tree cutter, authorities scoured the Algarve’s Barragem do Arade reservoir – about 31 miles inland from where the McCanns were staying.

On Tuesday, police officers acting on “reliable information” were said to be looking for fragments of clothes and old rags that could be related to her disappearance, as reported by the daily mail.

A source close to the investigation told Reuters there was nothing tangible to report, while German prosecutor Christian Wolters played down hopes, adding: “Of course, there is a certain expectation, but it’s not high.”

Brueckner has denied any involvement and is currently behind bars in Germany for raping a 72-year-old woman in the same region of Portugal.

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Portuguese police end search for clues on McCann missing child case, no results released

Portuguese police have ended the latest searches for clues about the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, the British child who disappeared in 2007 in southern Portugal.

Authorities did not give details of the search results on Thursday. A statement from the Portuguese Judicial Police states that some material has been collected and will be handed over to the German authorities for examination.

Searches around a dam about 50 kilometers from the beach resort of Praia da Luz, where the three-year-old girl was last seen 16 years ago, began on Tuesday at the request of the German authorities.

A German man who is a suspect in the case is currently jailed in Germany on a different case.

Portuguese, German and British police took part in the three-day operation during which detectives probed the banks of the Arade reservoir and also used sniffer dogs and a drone.

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Sixteen years after Madeleine McCann disappeared from the Algarve holiday apartment where she slept with her twin brothers, police have launched a major new search for evidence.

After lying dormant for several years since David Cameron launched an unsuccessful Metropolitan Police investigation in 2011, the three-year-old missing child case was revived once again in 2020 when German prosecutors revealed a new suspect.

But three years later, 43-year-old convicted pedophile Christian Brueckner – who denies any connection to the missing youth – has still not been charged as he languishes in a German prison for the rape of a 72-year-old American woman two years before the disappearance. of Madeleine in the same resort.

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ICYMI: Madeleine McCann’s police cut down trees while searching the suspect’s ‘little paradise’ in Portugal

Dense vegetation meant they had to use tools, including chainsaws, to remove trees to access water properly.

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German prosecutor downplays hope of breakthrough

A source close to the investigation said Reuters there was nothing tangible to report, while German promoter Christian Wolters played down hopes of a breakthrough, saying: “Of course, there’s a certain expectation, but it’s not high.”

He added that investigators are looking for a body, but also for anything that might help the investigation, such as clothing.

Wolters said he did not expect the results of studies on the collected samples to be announced so soon.

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How the survey was completed

As part of this latest three-day investigation, the police dug holes of around two feet and these have been left, along with mounds of earth, now that authorities have left the digging area.

The surrounding forest showed that the paths had been cut by heavy machinery, leading to the 160 square foot main excavation area. A no-fly zone was also imposed over the reservoir for the first two days.

In a statement, police in Portugal said: “[The search] resulted in the collection of some material that will be submitted to the competent expertise. The collected material will be handed over to the German authorities.”

The new searches come as the Home Office has awarded an extra £110,000 in funding this financial year to the Metropolitan Police to help find Madeleine, down from just over £300,000 last year.

Total funding awarded to Operation Grange has been just under £13.1 million since 2011.

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German prisoner Christian Brueckner was first named in connection with the unsolved mystery that summer and officially named as a suspect last year.

Her yellow and white VW T3 Westfalia trailer was reportedly identified as having been near the Praia da Luz resort in Portugal where the young woman disappeared on May 3, 2007.

Three-year-old Madeleine disappeared from her holiday apartment bed while her parents and family friends ate dinner 55 meters away. Her two-year-old twin brothers were also in the apartment she disappeared from. Madeleine’s parents Kate and Gerry McCann have been looking for answers ever since.

The Metropolitan Police took over the investigation, Operation Grange, in 2011, but it hit a dead end. There had not been another significant suspect in the case since 2007 until Brueckner.

Maroosha MuzaffarMay 26, 2023 5:30 am

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Police destroy forest area and dig holes in Madeleine McCann search

Police destroyed a concentrated area of ​​forest and dug several holes near a remote reservoir in Portugal as part of their three-day search for evidence in the Madeleine McCann case.

Huge piles of dirt and broken rocks were left alongside the 160-square-foot area near the banks of the Barragem do Arade where police officers were seen with shovels for several hours on Wednesday afternoon.

Portuguese police confirmed the search was completed on Thursday and said the materials had been sent to Germany for testing.

The surrounding forest showed paths cut by heavy machinery, with large branches along the routes towards the focus area.

The small section of forest was clearly marked by officers over the course of their three-day search of Portugal.

The cordon around the site, which had been in place since Tuesday morning to allow officers to search the area with rakes, pickaxes and sniffer dogs, has been lifted.

Police were given clearance to search the area after German prosecutors received “certain tips” about the case.

A few kilometers from the search, blue tents were erected for carrying out the briefings.

Maroosha MuzaffarMay 26, 2023 05:00

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Police of Madeleine McCann give news about the end of the searches in the dam in Portugal

Police said materials unearthed during a three-day search for evidence about Madeleine McCann’s disappearance from a remote reservoir in Portugal were being sent for analysis.

Authorities have been combing the Barragem do Arade dam in the Algarve this week, using sniffer dogs and cutting down trees as part of the search inside the coastal resort where the three-year-old disappeared in 2007.

When police concluded their three-day search on Thursday, they confirmed that “the collected materials” had been sent to Germany for analysis.

A source close to the investigation said Reuters there was nothing tangible to report, while German promoter Christian Wolters played down hopes of a breakthrough, saying: “Of course, there’s a certain expectation, but it’s not high.”

He added that investigators are looking for a body, but also for anything that might help the investigation, such as clothing.

Maroosha MuzaffarMay 26, 2023 4:30 am

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After lying dormant for several years since David Cameron launched an unsuccessful Metropolitan Police investigation in 2011, the three-year-old missing child case was revived once again in 2020 when German prosecutors revealed a new suspect.

But three years later, 43-year-old convicted pedophile Christian Brueckner – who denies any connection to the missing youth – has still not been charged as he languishes in a German prison for the rape of a 72-year-old American woman two years before the disappearance. of Madeleine in the same resort.

Guilherme MataMay 26, 2023 04:00

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Photos: Search continues for Madeleine McCann

Personnel at Barragem do Arade reservoir, in the Algave

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People at the Arade Dam reservoir, in the Algave

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Vehicles and tents of Portugal’s investigative Judicial Police are seen at the site of a remote reservoir where a new search for the body of Madeleine McCann is set to take place, in Silves

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Vehicles and tents of the Judicial Investigation Police of Portugal are seen at the site of a remote reservoir where a new search for the body of Madeleine McCann will take place, in Silves

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Police officers are seen at the site of a remote reservoir where search is underway for evidence related to the disappearance of Madeleine McCann

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Police officers are seen at the site of a remote reservoir where searches are underway for evidence related to the disappearance of Madeleine McCann

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Personnel at Barragem do Arade reservoir, in the Algave, Portugal, as searches continue as part of the investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann

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Staff at the Arade Dam reservoir, in Algave, Portugal, continue searches within the scope of the investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann

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Guilherme MataMay 26, 2023 03:00

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