A prime suspect has been identified in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, police have revealed.
The man, who has been named by sources in Portugal as Christian Brueckner, is the subject of a joint appeal for information by British and German police.
The announcement on June 3 came as the biggest breakthrough to date in the case of Madeleine, who disappeared from the Ocean Club complex in Praia da Luz on May 3, 2007.
It is believed that an intruder entered the rented apartment and abducted her.
Here is everything that we currently know about the first person to have been described as a suspect by the Met throughout its 13-year investigation.
Who is the suspect?
The suspect has been partially named as Christian Brückner by German newspaper Der Spiegel.
He is known to be German, and has been described by police as white, 6ft tall, of a slim build and with short blond hair. Court privacy rules in Germany mean that he has not been named.
Now aged 43 and currently in prison, he may have looked between 25 and early 30s in 2007.
Scotland Yard said in 2013 that it was keen to trace a man who had been described as “ugly” with a large nose and a spotty complexion.
Why have police focused on him?
The suspect is known to have been in Praia da Luz at the time of Madeleine’s disappearance. For the last three years, the Met has been working with German and Portuguese police in order to track his movements.
Police believe that he was living in a VW T3 camper van, which has a white upper body and yellow skirting, for “days, possibly weeks”. Up until a year previously, he lived at a nearby bungalow around two miles from the Ocean Club.
He is said to have moved from farmland which is connected to a beach frequented by the McCanns to the camper van in the months prior to the disappearance.
Two blond-haired men were seen on the balcony of an empty apartment two doors from the McCanns’s apartment at 2.30pm on the day of the disappearance. Blond men were again seen near the apartment at 4pm, 6pm, and 11pm.
The suspect was in the Praia de Luz area on May 3, 2007, and is known to have received a phone call at 7.32pm, which lasted 30 minutes.
Madeleine was reported missing from the resort at 10.14pm on the same night.
What were his movements between Germany and Portugal?
Police have established that Christian lived in Portugal sporadically between 1995 and 2007, and described him as an “itinerant”.
They added that he “spent some short spells” of time in Germany, and is thought to have been living in the VW T3 camper van in Praia da Luz for “days, possibly weeks”.
He owned a 1993 Jaguar saloon car with German number plates that he kept in the Algarve region. The vehicle was registered in his name, but the registration changed to another name on May 4, 2007, the day after Madeleine’s disappearance.
Police said:”To re-register the car in Germany you don’t have to have the car in the country or region. We believe the car was still in Portugal and would like information if you saw it.”
What are his past convictions?
He has been described as a “multiple” child sex offender currently serving a jail term in Germany for matters unrelated to the Madeleine McCann case.
Christian Hoppe, of Germany’s Federal Criminal Police Office, told a press conference that the suspect has two previous convictions, for “sexual contact with girls”.
A report in the German Braunschweig Zeitung newspaper has claimed that the suspect shared many identical details with a criminal who was convicted of the rape of a 72-year-old American tourist.
He was said to have lived near Praia de Luz, with the home of the victim situated on his route to the beach, and also drove a Jaguar – the model of car that Scotland Yard said was linked to the latest suspect in the Madeleine case.
The suspect’s last place of resident was Braunschweig, where the region’s public prosecutor said it was investigating a man on suspicion of Madeleine’s murder.
Mr Hoppe told the media the suspect was believed to have also been implicated in drug dealing and hotel and holiday home burglaries during his time in the Algarve.
It is understood that the suspect refused to help British and German police who interviewed him about the case in prison.
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