German police discovered the garden in the investigation of Madeleine McCann


Berlin Prosecutors said Thursday that German police are investigating the 2007 disappearance of British girl Madeline McCann in Portugal, ending a garden plot on the outskirts of Hanover, northern Germany.

Investigators left on Wednesday evening, a spokeswoman for the Bronschave prosecutor’s office said. He did not provide any further details on the specific purpose of the search or the police could not find anything related to his investigation.

Police began a search of the garden on Monday, but prosecutors only stated that activities at the site were linked to their investigation.

Police started digging in an allotment area near Hanover
On July 29, 2020, police began digging in a garden area near Hannover, Germany, where a suspected “Christian B” lived in the Madeleine McCann investigation a few years ago.

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Medellin was 3 at the time of her disappearance from an apartment in 2007, while her family vacationed in the seaside town of Priya da Luz in the Algarve region of Portugal.

German officials said they had last month Identified a 43-year-old German citizen as a suspect in the case And investigating him on suspicion of murder.

The suspect, who is currently in Germany’s prison, spent several years in Portugal, was involved in Priya da Luz around the time of Madeleine’s disappearance, and has two previous convictions for “sexual contact with girls”, officials said is.

Authorities have not released the suspect’s name, but he has been widely identified as Christian B by the German media.

Madeleine McCann's first anniversary to miss
A faded photo of Madeleine McCann vanished from her family’s holiday apartment on 5 April 2008 in Priya da Luz, Portugal, where it is displayed on a church notice board nearby.

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He was last registered in Germany living in the city of Bronschieve, which is about 40 miles from Hanover. Between 2013 and 2015, the suspect spent time in both Portugal and Germany. The German news agency dpa reported that he ran a kiosk in the Bronschieve and also lived in Hanover for many years.

In the garden plot, investigators cut down trees, shovel away from the ground, search the premises with a sniffer dog and remove parts of the foundation of a former cabin from the ground that once stood there, the DPA reported . A person on the neighbor’s plot told the news agency that the garden had not been used for the past two years.

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