Suspect Identified In Madeleine McCann Case

New Hope in Madeleine McCann Case

Madeleine McCann
Madeleine McCann

It’s been 13 years since the strange disappearance of three year old Madeleine McCann captivated world, and today police announced that they have finally located a suspect.

The suspect, yet to be named, is identified as a German national who resided off and on in the resort town of Praia de Luz which is where little Madeleine went missing.

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Police have identified a suspect in the 2007 disappearance of 3-year-old Madeleine McCann.

The suspect, who is not identified by name, is currently in a German prison on an unrelated matter, according to a statement from the U.K.’s Metropolitan Police.

Madeleine vanished on May 3, 2007, at a resort in Praia de Luz, located in the Algarve region of Portugal, while her parents dined just a few hundred yards away.

“Following the ten-year anniversary, the Met received information about a German man who was known to have been in and around Praia da Luz. We have been working with colleagues in Germany and Portugal and this man is a suspect in Madeleine’s disappearance,” said Detective Chief Inspector Mark Cranwell, who leads the McCann investigation.


The German prosecutor described the suspect as “a sex offender with several previous convictions, who has been convicted of sexual abuse of children, among other things.” The prosecutor added he is already serving a long term in prison.

The suspect lived on and off in the Alrgave between 1995 and 2007 and is connected to the area of Praia da Luz where Madeleine was last seen by her mother, Kate McCann, who noticed the toddler vanished when she went to go check on her that evening, police said.

Police went on to say that they believe the suspect was living in his van at the time of McCann’s disappearance.

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