Madeleine McCann suspect Christian Brueckner is ruled out of probe into missing ‘German Maddie’


The chief suspect in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann has been ruled out of an investigation into a missing 5-year-old German girl.

Inga Gehricke – dubbed Germany’s Madeleine McCann – vanished close to a factory that Christian Brueckner, a convicted paedophile and rapist, was functioning on.

But in a blow to the Madeleine’s parents and investigators, Germany prosecutors have stated that 44-year-old had absolutely nothing to do with Gehricke’s disappearance.

The German girl vanished in 2015 throughout a loved ones picnic close to the derelict factory getting renovated by Brueckner.

Regardless of 5 years of police appeals and a reward of 25,000 euros (£21,500) supplied for information and facts major to her whereabouts, Inga has by no means been discovered – as is the case with Madeleine McCann. 

Inga Gehricke

Christian Brueckner

Inga Gehricke (left) – dubbed Germany’s Madeleine McCann – vanished close to a factory Christian Brueckner (appropriate), a convicted paedophile and rapist, was functioning on

‘The public prosecutor’s workplace has completely examined connections to the Inga case and determined there is not even an initial suspicion against my client,’ Brueckner’s lawyer told The Sun. 

Investigators searched the factory and discovered eight,000 photos of young children buried in a plastic bag under Brueckner’s dead dog Charlie.

Lawyers representing the Gehricke loved ones stated that they stayed at a nearby home in Could 2015, and the day ahead of Inga disappeared, police records placed Brueckner at a nearby motorway service station exactly where he had a parking-associated accident.

Brueckner – who is at present imprisoned for a separate crime – is believed to have commuted amongst the factory on Neuwegersleben and to Braunschweig, about 35 miles away.

But regardless of the hyperlink, Thomas Kramer, a spokesperson for the prosecutor’s workplace in Stendal, told the newspaper: ‘The investigation of Christian B relating to Inga’s disappearance is at present closed.

‘Police investigations have been performed but they have not made any information to recommend that Christian B. could have abducted, abused or killed Inga. 

‘Therefore, even right after this further analysis, there was no initial suspicion against Chrisitan B., so that the preliminary proceedings had been discontinued.’  

Pictured: British girl Madeleine McCann, who went missing in 2007

Pictured: British girl Madeleine McCann, who went missing in 2007

Prosecutors in Madeleine’s case have stated they have ‘concrete evidence’ she was dead, and have also linked Brueckner with a string of youngster kidnappings that date back a number of years.  

But regardless of this, Brueckner has not been questioned by any police service about Madeleine’s disappearance in 2007.  

Madeleine was practically 4 when she went missing from her family’s vacation apartment in Praia da Luz, on Portugal’s Algarve, on Could three, 2007. 

Brueckner was told final November that he will stay behind bars till 2026, right after losing a bid to overturn a rape conviction.

He was final year discovered guilty of the 2005 rape of a 72-year-old American lady in the identical Portuguese resort and sentenced to seven years in a Hanover jail, at a court in Brunswick, Decrease Saxony.

The 43-year-old German national – referred to as Christian B in Germany due to the country’s strict privacy laws – was identified as a suspect in the Madeleine investigation final June.  

Madeleine was practically 4 when she went missing from her family’s vacation apartment in Praia da Luz, on Portugal’s Algarve, on Could three, 2007.

In December, Scotland Yard confirmed it has no plans to finish its missing particular person investigation, regardless of the belief of German prosecutors that Madeleine was murdered. 

Christian Brueckner is the prime suspect in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann in 2007. Pictured: A timeline showing his movements up until 2020 where he remain in a Kiel prison

Christian Brueckner is the prime suspect in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann in 2007. Pictured: A timeline displaying his movements up till 2020 exactly where he stay in a Kiel prison

Brueckner was previously remanded at the prison in Kiel ahead of 2019’s trial for raping the elderly American lady. She was attacked just two years ahead of Madeleine disappeared from the identical Algarve resort.

In November, a court in Karslruhe rejected Brueckner’s appeal against the 2005 rape conviction and confirmed his seven-year sentence.

The move need to make it less complicated for detectives in Braunschweig, about 15 minutes’ drive away, to query Brueckner about the Madeleine case, as properly as two other people.  

Maintaining prisoners is high priced and below Germany’s federal method the states are obliged to deal with their personal prisoners rather than it getting handled by a central judiciary.   

Brueckner was seen in public for the first time in November since he was named as the prime suspect in Madeleine's disappearance by German police being loaded into an ambulance

Brueckner was observed in public for the 1st time in November considering the fact that he was named as the prime suspect in Madeleine’s disappearance by German police getting loaded into an ambulance

German media says Brueckner received at least two criminal convictions from a Hanover court, one particular for forging documents in 2010 and a different for theft in 2013. 

He split his time amongst Germany and Portugal from 2013 to 2015, prosecutors in Hanover have stated. 

Brueckner lived in the Algarve for a lot of the period from 1995 to 2007, and German prosecutors say he received a telephone get in touch with from a Portuguese quantity about the time of Madeleine’s disappearance in Could 2007. 

He created a living undertaking odd jobs in the location exactly where Madeleine disappeared, and was also recognized to have burgled hotel rooms and vacation flats. 

Madeleine was just three years old when she disappeared while on holiday in Praia da Luz in Portugal's Algarve region with her parents Kate and Gerry McCann (pictured together)

Madeleine was just 3 years old when she disappeared when on vacation in Praia da Luz in Portugal’s Algarve area with her parents Kate and Gerry McCann (pictured collectively)

Weeks right after an allotment search, authorities indicated they had been searching for digital storage devices, but Brueckner’s lawyer accused them of ‘desperation’. 

Considering the fact that taking the lead in the case earlier this year, German police have struggled to clarify what proof they have about Madeleine’s disappearance.  

In November, a leaked memo revealed that Portuguese investigators had been ‘shocked’ by the lack of concrete proof right after getting briefed on the case against Brueckner.

Just before that, there was confusion about no matter if German authorities had precise proof that Madeleine was dead, as they initially implied they did.       

In the UK, the case remains a missing persons inquiry, as there is no ‘definitive proof no matter if Madeleine is alive or dead’ 



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