Sky News revealed that the new suspect in the Madeleine McCann case is a German man already being investigated over alleged child sex offences
He is one of two suspects who are currently the focus of teams of detectives in Portugal and the UK.
The Daily Mail identified the man as Martin Ney, 48.
Ney was jailed for killing Stefan Jahr, 13, in 1992, Dennis Rostel, eight, in 1995, and Dennis Klein, nine, in 2001.
PICTURED: Police investigating disappearance of Madeleine McCann unmask 'German paedophile and triple child killer https://t.co/hHFMFiWDq8
— Daily Mail U.K. (@DailyMailUK) May 5, 2019
Former disgraced Portuguese Police chief Goncalo Amaral gave a recent interview to Australian journalist Mark Saunokonko in which he claimed police were on the verge on naming a new Madeleine case suspect, a German paedophile whom he didn’t identify.
The man was on remand in prison in Germany when police there decided to alert the Portuguese team which is working with Scotland Yard on the Madeleine case.
It has led to a boost in funding and manpower for the Portuguese detectives, who are based in Porto.
The suspect is thought to have been living on the Algarve coast when Madeleine vanished 12 years ago.
He had not been a suspect at the time, though many alleged paedophiles were investigated and eliminated.
The development comes at a time of renewed optimism in the small Scotland Yard team, which has asked the Home Office for a whole year of funding to keep its part of the investigation going.
The reports come on the 12th anniversary of Madeleine’s disappearance as her mother Kate attended an emotional prayer vigil at her home village in Rothley, Leicestershire, marking the occasion.
Madeleine’s father Gerry, a heart doctor, was reportedly in Italy on work business as Kate and her twins Sean and Amelie attended the service at a local Baptist church.
The girl was three when she vanished while on holiday with her parents in Praia da Luz on the Algarve coast on May 3 2007.
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said on Thursday the force was pursuing “active lines of inquiry” and has asked for more funding from the Home Office.
British police launched their own investigation, Operation Grange, in 2013 after a Portuguese inquiry failed to make progress.
Force bosses have been applying for funding from the Home Office every six months to continue the inquiry, which has cost about £11.75 million so far.