The cops investigating the abduction of Madeleine McCann, who was three-years-old when she vanished, have reportedly been given substantial new evidence to strengthen their case against prime suspect and convicted rapist Christian Brueckner.
While German prosecutor Hans Christian Wolters could not share the details of the newfound evidence, he confirmed the findings will help in their case against the 44-year-old — who is currently in prison for rape and drugs convictions and has a history of child sex offenses.
"We have gathered new evidence that adds further to the case we are building against our main suspect," Wolters said. "I’m afraid I cannot tell you what it is but it strengthens our work."
The prosecutor said he and his team are currently building their case and will share the "details with the suspect and his lawyer" at a later point in time. Investigators are reportedly hopeful they can charge the German pedophile — who was reportedly living in the Praia da Luz area in Portugal at the same time of McCann's abduction, Daily Star reported — by the end of the summer.
Despite remaining tight-lipped about the new evidence, Wolters hinted: "it is not forensic I can tell you that but it is new circumstantial evidence which all adds to the working theory that he is the man responsible."
The German police insisted they have "concrete evidence" that Brueckner murdered the young girl, with Wolters noting he is the only suspect they are looking into.
“We have always insisted that the man we identified as the main suspect is the man we believe committed the crime and we are not looking for anyone else," he said, per The Sun, explaining: “We have found no evidence that suggests he is not guilty of this crime and we have found a lot of evidence that suggests he is guilty but I am forbidden to go into these details.”
Wolters said he is "optimistic that we will solve this case."
In 2007, McCann disappeared from the Algarve holiday apartment where she and parents Katy and Gerry McCann were staying.
Last week, the outlet reported that a key witness, who tipped off the German police, is set to take part in a reconstruction at the resort where the little girl went missing. The operation was supposed to have taken place in January; however, the plans were postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions. The reconstruction will apparently form part of the summit between the Met, German and Portuguese police officers.
“Since we are dependent on the help of other countries, especially Portugal, the investigations unfortunately take longer than in other proceedings in which the investigations are only conducted in Germany," Wolters explained, adding that the lengthy undertaking is "mainly due to the fact that we have to make very formalistic requests for legal assistance, which are very time-consuming to process."
Brueckner is reportedly serving seven years for the rape of a 72-year-old American woman. The crime allegedly took place in Praia da Luz in 2005, two years before McCann vanished. He is also reportedly being investigated for other sex crimes in the area.