The young German man, Christian Brückner, is now a person of interest to the police involved in the investigation of the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. The three-year-old disappeared without a trace in 2007 while on holiday with her parents at a resort in Portugal.
He was living in the vicinity of the resort at the time. Brückner is currently serving jail time for a rape charge, and he has a long history of being a sexual predator.
He is said to have made a phone call just an hour before Madeleine disappeared, and then he changed the name on his car registration the next day after her disappearance.
Madeleine Snatched From Her Bed In A Portuguese Holiday Apartment
Madeleine was taken from the family hotel room on May 3, 2007. They were on holiday at Praia da Luz, a popular Portuguese coastal village. She has never been seen again, and investigators are not expecting to find Madeleine alive after all this time. The mystery of her disappearance was shocking and confounding.
The concern was widespread, due to the fear of sex-trafficking in Europe. At one stage, even her parents were suspected of being involved in her disappearance.
Was Maddie Kidnapped By A Sex-Trafficking Gang?
Now, it seems there’s been a breakthrough in the investigation following the combined efforts of the British and German authorities. The news might bring closure to the family of Madeleine McCann, but good news is unlikely. What started as a happy family holiday, became one of the biggest mysteries of recent years.
The McCann’s were staying in an apartment in a holiday complex, along with some British friends. On the night of her disappearance, Madeleine was sleeping in the apartment with her siblings while her parents had dinner.
Gerry and Kate McCann were only 200 meters away and took turns to check on the children. At no point did they imagine their worst nightmare was about to begin. Christian Brückner had been living in the same area of Portugal the McCann’s were holidaying in.