Prosecutors say items secured in Madeleine McCann search to be examined

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BERLIN, June 1 (Reuters) – German prosecutors said on Thursday they had secured some items during a search of a reservoir in Portugal in the 16-year-old hunt for missing British girl Madeleine McCann which they would evaluate in coming days and weeks.

German authorities, who have named a suspect in the case, last week helped Portuguese crews comb the remote area inland from the Algarve coastal resort where McCann – then aged three – went missing from her bedroom during a family holiday in 2007.

“Whether some of the items actually relate to the Madeleine McCann case cannot yet be confirmed,” the prosecutor’s statement read.

German prosecutors last year named Christian Brueckner an official suspect in McCann’s disappearance. The convicted child abuser and drug dealer is behind bars in Germany for raping a 72-year-old woman in the same area of the Algarve.

Brueckner has denied any involvement in the disappearance. No body has been found.

“The investigations here in Braunschweig against the 46-year old suspect will likely last a long time still,” German prosecutors said.

Portuguese authorities during the search operation at the Arade dam area, Faro District, amid the investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann (inset), in Silves, Portugal, 24 May 2023. The operation, which began on 23 May, stems from a European Investigation Order addressed by the German authorities to Portugal and focuses on the Arade dam, located about 50 kilometers from Praia da Luz, where the child disappeared on 03 May 2007 while on vacation with her parents. EPA-EFE/RICARDO NASCIMENTO

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