“#Suspect in Madeleine McCann case may have been aided by hotel worker”
June 9, 2020 | 3:15pm | Updated June 9, 2020 | 3:20pm
Madeleine’s mother, Kate, has previously admitted that her family requested a dinner table close to their hotel room in Portugal because their 3-year-old daughter would be alone in their room, Sky News said.
Police now believe a hotel worker passed on the info to the jailed rapist and suspected abductor, named in reports as Christian B, the UK network said, citing the Correio de Manha newspaper in Portugal.
An employee of the Ocean Club in Praia da Luz has been identified by the police, according to the newspaper. The employee was also found to have Christian B’s phone number in his contacts, the report says.
Anthony Summers, a co-author of the book “Looking For Madeleine,” told Sky News it was a “potentially very important” lead in the 2007 disappearance.
“Did he learn from somebody who was complicit, not necessarily at all in abducting or murdering Madeleine, but perhaps in how to take advantage of people being away to rob an apartment?” he asked.
“Was there an accomplice in that respect on the staff of the Ocean Club?”
Authorities have only referred to the suspect as Christian B, but he has been widely identified as Christian Brückner, who is serving seven years for raping an American tourist.
Prosecutor Hans Christian Wolters told Sky that he is certain the child is dead — but does not yet have enough evidence for charges despite “some evidence that the suspect has done the deed.”
“We got things we cannot communicate that speak for the theory that Madeleine is dead, even if I have to admit that we don’t have the body,” he told the station.
“We expect that she is dead, but we don’t have enough evidence that we can get a warrant for our suspect in Germany for the murder of Madeleine McCann.
“At the moment we also don’t have enough proof for a trial at court, but we have some evidence that the suspect has done the deed,” he said.
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