German prison inmate identified as new suspect in Madeleine McCann case

Elias Hubbard
June 4, 2020

Police have identified a German national as the new prime suspect in the investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann in Portugal 13 years ago, as a fresh worldwide appeal for information was launched.

An appeal for information was made for anyone who recognised the numbers, the camper van and also a Jaguar vehicle linked to the man.

The man transferred it to someone else's name the day after she vanished.

"Someone out there knows a lot more than they're letting on", DCI Mark Cranwell, leading the Met inquiry, said.

It's always been believed that the little British girl was kidnapped from her holiday villa while her parents Kate and Gerry had dinner with friends nearby.

More than £11m has been spent on the British end of the investigation, known as Operation Grange.

Police have said that the man in question is white and in 2007 is believed to have had short blonde hair, possibly fair.

The suspect, who is in prison in Germany for an unrelated matter, has been linked to a camper van that was pictured in the Algarve in 2007.

An appeal on German television was broadcast this evening at 19:15 BST.

Scotland Yard said he was driving the vehicle in the Praia da Luz area in the days before Madeleine's disappearance.

Nothing was amiss when Mr McCann checked the children just after 9pm that night, but when his wife went back at about 10pm Madeleine had gone from the apartment at 5A Rua Dr Agostinho da Silva.

Police have released details of the suspect's phone number and the number he dialled saying any information about them could be "critical" to the inquiry.

They also want the person who called the suspect to come forward.

The caller, who is not thought to have been in the Praia da Luz area, is not being treated as a suspect, but is said to be a "key witness". "We have been working with colleagues in Germany and Portugal and this man is a suspect in Madeleine's disappearance", Detective Chief Inspector Mark Cranwell said in a statement Wednesday.

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More than 13 years have passed and your loyalties may have changed.

"Now is the time to come forward".

The camper van police are appealing for information about.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Stuart Cundy said the investigation into the suspect had seen detectives sent to Portugal and Germany.

British police said they retained an open mind about the man's involvement and did not have any definitive evidence whether McCann was alive or not.

A team of four Metropolitan police detectives continue to investigate.

November 2018: An extra £150,000 is granted to continue the investigation.

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