A former police chief says there is no “hard evidence” against the man suspected of kidnapping Madeleine McCann – despite his reported confession to a friend.
In June last year, Christian Brückner was identified as the prime suspect in the Madeleine case, who disappeared from an apartment in 2007 while her family was on vacation in the seaside town of Praia da Luz, Portugal.
He is currently serving a seven-year sentence in Kiel Prison in Northern Germany for raping a 72-year-old American in 2005 and reportedly confessed during a drinking session that he knew ‘everything’ about what happened to Maddie .
Brückner reportedly shared details of Maddie’s kidnapping with a friend over a drink on the tenth anniversary of her disappearance, when her face appeared on the TV screen of a German pub in 2017.
Today retired Metropolitan Police DCI Sue Hill appeared on This Morning, the 14th anniversary of Madeleine’s disappearance, that there are many “rumors” around Brückner and that the German police need forensic evidence.
A former police chief says there is no ‘hard evidence’ against Christian Brückner that he kidnapped Madeleine McCann – despite his confession to a friend
Former Metropolitan Police DCI Sue Hill, who appeared on This Morning today, said there is a lot of “ hearsay ” evidence against Brückner and that without forensic evidence it will be difficult to prove any involvement in the kidnapping.
“The German police have their prime suspect and they are investigating that, but there are a lot of rumors,” Hill said.
The German police have appealed to this man who lived in Portugal, Christian Brückner, and the problem is, it’s all well and good, it looks like he told someone he was involved in Maddie’s murder, but the problem is unless you have hard evidence. , forensic evidence you may suspect.
“Unfortunately, I went to families for many years.” I think I can tell you who killed your child, but I’ll never be able to prove it. ” Because unless you have proof – but the good thing is that man is in prison for another crime, for rape. ‘
Hill went on to ask why the German police have been so forthright with their investigation into Brückner.
Last June, Brückner was identified as the prime suspect in the Madeleine case, who disappeared from an apartment in 2007 while her family was on vacation in the seaside town of Praia da Luz, Portugal.
‘Why have they been so public?’ She asked. The German police have been very open, it is suggested that he told someone on Maddie’s tenth birthday when she went missing over a drink.
‘Are they trying to get him to talk? I don’t know why they would have, he will be warned. Why would he ever admit to having a child and murdering a child, knowing that you’re going to be gone for a long time?
“So I always think you keep those things behind your hand so you don’t give away everything you have.”
When asked if she thought his confession was just boasting and bravado, she went on, ‘I think in his case, if you look at his background, the insulting behavior. He has the means, the motive, he was in Portugal, but you can’t take it for granted, you actually have to get that evidence to back it up. ‘
Brückner lived in the Algarve for 12 years to trade drugs, break into vacation homes and rape a US-born pensioner in 2005, followed by a burglary. Hill said any other information about his offenses could be essential to “protect other people.”
‘I think that what the German police are hoping for today is: he had a motor home in 2007, he lived in Portugal for a number of years, does anyone have any information?
The former police chief appeared to be celebrating Maddie’s 18th birthday and says Operation Grange is still an active missing persons investigation
“Another thing, if he’s committed other crimes and they suspect it’s him who took Maddie, if they can keep him in prison for other crimes, at least that’ll keep other people safe.”
The former police chief appeared to be celebrating Maddie’s 18th birthday and says Operation Grange is still an active missing persons investigation.
“We would love to find Madeleine but I think the reality is 14 years later, it’s every parent’s worst nightmare, no one knows exactly where Madeleine is,” Hill said.
“Operation Grange, the Met cops working on it, call it a missing person investigation because there’s no hard evidence Madeleine isn’t alive and you’re following the evidence and intelligence.”
When asked if the police are continuing the investigation into the kidnapping, she said, “As long as there are lines of investigation and investigation.
‘At the end of this is a little girl, who took her? And while that person goes unnoticed they pose a risk to small children, someone took her and we need to find out who did it. ‘