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‘Material collected’ in Madeleine McCann reservoir search to be sent for testing

The Portuguese police have announced that the “material collected” in three days of searching Madeleine McCann would be sent to Germany for testing.

The operation is over, tents are down and heavy equipment has been removed.

After receiving “certain tips-offs”, officers searched the Algarve reservoir and the surrounding scrubland.

Portugal has yet to reveal if there was anything of significance found, but several bags have been taken.


The police said that the search had “resulted” in “some material which will be subjected to competent expertise”, adding that the material would be “given to the German authorities”.

When the area was reopened, it was discovered that holes had been dug in order to collect soil samples.

On the first day, Tuesday, a police boat was spotted in the water near the Arade Dam and on Wednesday afternoon teams started digging at a peninsula.

Witness: Behind the police cordon surrounding the Madeleine McCann Search

Behind the police cordon, it appears that trees have been cut down and land has been cleared.

On Thursday afternoon, after three days of operation, officers completed their work at Arade Reservoir.

After the site had been secured and the restrictions lifted, the authorities granted journalists access.

We first saw fire pits, then piles of branches that had been cut down with specialist machinery.

In some places, the top layer earth was removed and holes were dug into the mud.

It is thought that the area was a favorite haunt of the main suspect in the disappearance of the three-year-old.

Christian B, an infamous sex offender who lived in the region, was in the area at the time she disappeared from her apartment in Praia de Luz, in 2007.

The German authorities requested that the Portuguese police assist them in a new investigation after receiving a tip.

The operation involved dozens of officers, including German and UK representatives.

Police have been seen at times digging, taking pictures and using drones to film an area.

On the site, sniffer dogs were also introduced.

In a press release, the Portuguese authorities confirmed that the search was completed on Thursday. They also said the material collected will be given to the German authorities to help them solve the mystery surrounding Madeleine McCann’s disappearance.

Sources close to the investigation have said that there is “nothing” to report after the search. The search involved clearing a large area of undergrowth with rakes, pickaxes and sniffer dogs.

German prosecutor Christian Wolters said: “Ofcourse there is an expectation, but they are not high.”

He stressed that it was crucial to demonstrate that the authorities are investigating the case.

The reservoir is located about 31 miles away from the place where Madeleine , a young girl who went missing in Praia da Luz on 3 May 2007, , was reported as missing by.

She was only three years old.

Wolters, the prosecutor, said: “We are still searching for it.” We’re looking for more than just that. Other things are also important.

Any clothing found could be helpful in the investigation.

Image: It appears that holes were dug for soil sampling

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Last year, German prosecutors named Christian B as an official suspect for Madeleine’s abduction.

The convicted drug dealer and child abuser used to frequent the reservoir. He allegedly called it “his paradise”.

Image: Madeleine disappeared from 2007

Christian B is in prison right now for raping an elderly woman of 72 years in the same Algarve area where Madeleine disappeared.

He has not been charged for any crime relating to the missing British girl. He denies having any involvement in the disappearance of her.

After the Home Office provided an additional PS110,000 for the Metropolitan Police in order to assist them with the search, the amount was reduced from over PS300,000.

Since 2011, more than PS13m (£13m) has been donated to Operation Grange, the investigation into her disappearance.


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