A man has been charged in connection to the True Crime infamous case of the disappearance of Madeline McCann, according to a report.
The French newsgroup AFP reported on April 21 that a person in Germany was charged as a formal suspect at the request of Portuguese prosecutors. The report did not name the suspect.
The suspect has been named as Christian Brueckner by various media outlets. He has been described as a formal suspect but not arrested or officially charged. His lawyer denied to the Daily Mail that Brueckner has been charged, despite several reports.
If the long-believed suspect is formally charged, it would be a huge update in McCann’s disappearance case.
McCann disappeared from a Portugal hotel room in Praia da Luz on May 3, 2007, while her parents were nearby at a tapas restaurant.
The 3-year-old has not been seen since her abduction.
Police have followed hundreds of leads in the case, including accusations that her parents were involved. Until 2020, authorities came up empty-handed. Now, German prosecutors have stated they assume she is dead, according to the BBC.
In 2020, German prosecutors said Brueckner was the likely suspect, but he was not charged at the time, according to The Guardian. He is currently serving a life sentence in prison for raping a woman in the same area of Portugal.
Brueckner has denied being involved in the McCann case.