Madeleine McCann prosecutors say they had no body or DNA, but other evidence leads to only one conclusion – jailed rapist Christian Brueckner is guilty and could face charges next year
The investigators are “100% sure” that the sex offender Christian Brueckner murdered Madeleine McCann.
You have the evidence to prosecute him and hope the investigation will be completed next year.
The German public prosecutor Hans Christian Wolters said: “We are confident that we have the man who kidnapped and killed them.”
The prosecution investigating the pedophile Christian Brueckner on suspicion of the murder of Madeleine McCann is certain of his guilt and determined to bring the sharpest possible charges against him.
They believe they have the evidence to prosecute the 44-year-old and it “100% convinced” them that he killed her.
And they hope to file charges next year.
However, since Brueckner is already in jail for various crimes, the team takes the time to gather as much evidence as possible before bringing it to court.
The German public prosecutor Hans Christian Wolters told the Mirror exclusively: “It is now possible that we will bring charges. We now have that evidence.
“But it’s not just about indicting him – we want to indict him with the best possible evidence.
“If we still have questions, it would be nonsense to ask instead of waiting for answers that might strengthen our position.
“That’s why we said we would investigate while there was any clue or information to track. I am not saying that what we have now is not enough. But he’s in jail so we don’t have that pressure on us. We have time.”
However, the prosecutors now admit that they have no evidence of Madeleine’s death – although the Braunschweig authorities told the McCanns last year that they had “evidence” that she was no longer alive.
Mr Wolters said they had no idea how she died and no DNA or photo evidence linking the German sex offender to the alleged murder. To Madeleine’s parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, he said: “We are confident that we have the man who kidnapped and killed your daughter.”
“I can only ask for your patience. Personally, I think there will be a deal next year. We don’t have a body or DNA, but we have other evidence. Based on the evidence available to us, this does not lead to a different conclusion.
“I cannot tell you on what basis we assume she is dead. But there is no other option for us. There is no hope that she is still alive. “
Madeleine disappeared from her family’s vacation home at the Ocean Club Resort in Praia da Luz, Portugal, in 2007, a few days before her fourth birthday. Kate and Gerry von Rothley, Leics, have said that they “hold on to the small hope that we will see Madeleine again”.
Evidence under investigation includes a “confession” Brueckner made to a buddy and phone analysis showing he was at the Ocean Club when the toddler disappeared. Mr. Wolters said, “It’s circumstantial – we have no scientific evidence. If we had a video of the fact or a picture of Madeleine dead with Brueckner in front of the camera, we would not have had to make a public appeal. But we only have clues. “
Brueckner was living in a mobile home near Praia da Luz when Madeleine disappeared. The British and German police first became aware of him as a suspect in 2017, but only went public with it last June. Senior investigators have spoken to potential key witnesses in Germany and Portugal.
Mr Wolters dismissed a recent report that the investigation will end by Christmas as “rubbish,” but said Brueckner will likely be charged with other alleged crimes in Portugal early next year.
These include the rape of an Irish woman in the Algarve in 2004 and two incidents in which he allegedly shot young people.
When asked whether he was satisfied with the speed of the Madeleine probe, Mr. Wolters said: “It could have gone better. We hoped, of course, that we would get such good information that the investigation might already be over. But the case is moving forward. “
He said a “very large number” had been interviewed but the team had not yet found the person Brueckner spoke to on the phone around the time Madeleine was missing. He added: “We have not found any evidence to clear Mr. Brueckner from suspicion. Everything we found fits into the picture. We may have made it halfway. “
Defending the decision not to show the McCanns the evidence that led prosecutors to believe Madeleine is dead, he said, “If I did … it is very likely that they will run out of hope.”
When Madeleine went missing, Brueckner had just been released from prison for stealing gasoline. He is serving seven years in a German prison for raping a pensioner in Praia da Luz. Mr Wolters criticized the Portuguese authorities’ slow approach to the investigation and accused them of lack of interest in the case as the victim and the prime suspect were both foreigners.
He said: “What takes a week in Germany can take six months in Portugal. I think the interest in the case in Portugal is just not that great because there is no Portuguese involved. It does not throw a particularly good light on the Portuguese police either, as they had completely different suspects.
“I think they’d rather be left alone.
“The cooperation with Great Britain is certainly much better.”
Brueckner denies having been involved in Madeleine’s disappearance and has refused to speak to the police or the public prosecutor.