The operation carried out in Algarve (south of Portugal) by the Portuguese Police, together with German and British troops, for madeleine mccann It ended today after three days of searches without the results of the expertise being disclosed.
The means deployed in the reservoir of Aradeabout 50 kilometers from where he disappeared the british girl 16 years ago and a place frequented by the main suspect, the German Christian Bruecknerbegan to withdraw from the land on the afternoon of this Thursday, according to images captured by local channels.
The operations took place over three daysone day more than expected, after the authorities decided to prolong the search because the rainstorm forced the suspension of work on Tuesday.
EFE unsuccessfully sought confirmation from the Portuguese Judicial Police on the details of the operation.
It has not been revealed if the operation has had any significant results for the case and, in principle, no official communication by the Police is foreseen.
The search relied on heavy machinery, dogs, georadar and drones and has been collected material stored in bags for analysis.
“The collected material will be handed over to the German authorities,” Portuguese police said in a statement.
In the last hours, the investigation focused on a very limited area on the shores of the reservoirwhere trees were cut to dig into the ground.
The Arade dam was a place frequented by bruecknerwho spent long periods with his motorhome in the area.
The tip of an informant, according to local media, led the German authorities to request search work in the reservoir.
According to him Daily Mailresearchers have been looking for a gun and one video camera from Brueckner. Police are desperate to find the video camera, as they believe it may contain images of Madeleine, but also of other sexual assaults Brueckner allegedly committed against at least two unidentified women.
The area was already tracked in 2008 by private investigators without successbut experts in forensic medicine agree that technological advances in recent years are essential to solve the case if evidence of the disappearance of the girl is finally found.
Madeleine was three years old when she disappeared -on May 3, 2007- from the room where he slept with his little brothers in a tourist complex in Praia da Luz.
After years of investigation, the case took a turn in 2020 and the German Christian Bruecknerimprisoned in his country for other crimes, became the main suspect.
The German Prosecutor’s Office in Braunschweig works with the theory that Madeleine died at the hands of Brueckner, who has a long history of crimes for sexual abuse and pedophilia, some of them in Portugal.
(With information from EFE and AFP)
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