Portuguese, German and British authorities have ceased searching for items related to the disappearance of Madeleine McCann – a British girl who disappeared as a child from Praia da LuzPortugal, 16 years ago.
Madeleine was kidnapped from a ground-floor apartment while on holiday with her family in Praia da Luz on 3 May 2007, when she was three years old.
The Portuguese Judiciary Police said in a statement on Thursday night that a search request by the German authorities had been completed and “resulted in the collection of some material that will be subject to” analysis, according to the translation.
Items collected during the search will be transported to German authorities for testing in accordance with international rules, Portuguese police said.
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German prosecutor Christian Wolters told broadcaster NDR earlier this week that authorities “have indications that we could find evidence” near a dam in Portugal’s Algarve region.
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On Monday, police were seen carrying out a search near the Arade dam, about 31 miles from Praia da Luz.
“The only thing I’d like to clarify is that it’s not coming from the suspect,” Wolters said of the search for evidence. “So we don’t have a confession or anything like that right now, or an indication from the suspect where it would make sense to search… There were other indications that led us to carry out this search.”
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In 2020, german authorities named Christian Brueckner, 45, as a suspect in Madeleine’s disappearance. Brueckner continues to deny his involvement in the case.
Brueckner spent many years in Portugal, including in Praia da Luz, at the time of Madeleine’s disappearance.
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He was charged in 2022 with sex crimes against children that German authorities allege he committed in Portugal between 2000 and 2017, and is currently serving time for the rape of a woman in 2005.
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Madeleine was born in May 2003 and would have turned 20 this month.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.