Madeleine McCann case: Germany warned that it will take “several weeks” to analyze the material collected in the reservoir

File photo: Portuguese Judicial Police agents at the site of a remote reservoir where a new search for the body of Madeleine McCann was carried out (REUTERS / Luis Ferreira) (LUIS FERREIRA /)

The German authorities will take “several weeks” to analyze the material collected during the tracking work around the Arade reservoir in the framework of the investigation into the disappearance of British girl Madeleine McCann 16 years ago.

German prosecutor Hans Christian Wolters further indicated that the German-led investigation has included “other searches” beyond the Arade dam. “We are continually working on this case, but not everything we do is made public,” he warned.

In this sense, he assured that there were “good reasons” to order a new search around the dam, although the German authorities did not specify the specific reasons behind the search, the chain reported. BBC.

Portuguese, German and British troops have worked in the area this week. The Portuguese Judicial Police confirmed on Thursday that the material collected would be delivered to Germany “in accordance with the rules of international legal cooperation.

The Portuguese authorities established a wide perimeter and prohibited that on the area -located about 50 kilometers from Praia da Luz, the place where the track of the minor was lost when she was with her family on vacation in the Algarve-, overfly aircraft, including drones.

Search teams of the Portuguese and German police (REUTERS / Luis Ferreira)
Search teams of the Portuguese and German police (REUTERS/Luis Ferreira) (STRINGER/)

On May 3, 2007, Madeleine disappeared shortly before her fourth birthday, at a spa in Praia da Luz, in the tourist region of the Algarve where he was on vacation with his family.

The Portuguese media indicated that the police already combed the reservoir in 2008but the divers found only animal remains.

The German christian b., a repeat pedophile, has been the main suspect in his disappearance since 2020. The investigation was stalled for years before the authorities took notice of this man, who lived a few kilometers from the hotel at the time.

The Brunswick public prosecutor’s office has since carried out its own investigation, collaborating with the Portuguese and German authorities.

The Portuguese weekly magazine espresso indicated that the suspect regularly spent time near the reservoir, just outside the small town of Silves.

Christian B. is currently serving a seven-year prison sentence in Germany for the rape of a 72-year-old American woman. He was also accused of five other crimes and sexual offenses committed between 2000 and 2017 in Portugal.

File photo: Kate and Gerry McCann holding a search sign with a computer-generated image of their daughter Madeleine's possible age progression (AP Photo/Sang Tan)
File photo: Kate and Gerry McCann holding a search sign with a computer-generated image of their daughter Madeleine’s possible age progression (AP Photo/Sang Tan) (Sang Tan/)

The disappearance of “Maddie” gave rise to an exceptional campaign in which photos of the little girl, with light eyes and brown hair, went around the world.

(With information from AFP and EuropaPress)

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