German police find a cellar at former home of Madeleine McCann “murder” suspect

Police investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann have searched a garden in Germany.

It’s reported they found the remains of a cellar at the property in Hanover.

Prosecutors said the search was connected to murder inquiries concerning a 43-year-old man.

The man was not named.

However, officers believe Christian Brueckner killed three-year-old Maddie soon after abducting her from a holiday resort in Praia da Luz, Portugal.

Brueckner is currently in prison in Germany for drug dealing.

He is also appealing against a conviction for the 2005 rape of a 72-year-old woman, also at Praia da Luz.

The German newspaper Bild reported the foundations of a garden house were found on the site and a hidden cellar room was uncovered.

Two excavators, forensic teams, sniffer dogs and detectives have been digging the site and combing through the spoil.

Brueckner reportedly lived there during 2007, a former neighbour told local media.

He said he had lived “off grid” and had left within a year.

A spokeswoman for the state prosecutor confirmed that the search was part of its investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine in in 2007.


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Philip Braund spent 16 years at the Daily Mirror as a reporter and news editor before moving to ITV. He was the series producer of the ground-breaking investigation programme The Cook Report, Managing Editor at ITV's Millbank Studios, and Head of News at ITV Central. He has won national and regional Royal Television Society awards for documentaries.

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