Madeleine McCann ‘buried in a wood six miles from where she went missing’ claims psychic

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Police will investigate new claims that Madeline McCann’s body was buried in a forest just six miles from the Portuguese resort where she was last seen.

Michael Schneider has told police the “exact coordinates” of where he believes the boy’s body could be found as another blow to the McCann family.

He said he informed officers that Madeline McCann was “dead and buried in a wood six miles from where she went missing.”

The clairvoyant, 50, passed the details on to investigators at Germany’s BKA last month, with senior prosecutor Hans Christian Wolters confirming to the police tonight. Sunday his team has used similar methods in previous cases.

The investigation has attracted a number of psychics since Madeleine’s disappearance — with the McCanns considering “credible” tips from seers as early as 2007.

A £2 million police investigation launched in 2012 also examined phone calls from mediums previously ignored in the hunt for ‘Maddie’.

Psychic Michael Schneider, 50, (pictured) passed on details of where Madeleine McCann is said to be buried to German investigators

Psychic Michael Schneider, 50, (pictured) passed on details of where Madeleine McCann is said to be buried to German investigators

A psychic has claimed he recently told German police officers the “exact coordinates” of where he believes Madeleine McCann’s body may be found.

Former TV reporter Schneider has had success locating people recently, helping police locate missing persons in Germany and Italy alone this year.

Schneider, 50, helped solve the case of a missing woman in Germany last month, while also finding the bodies of murdered Italian couple Peter Neumair and Laura Perselli around the turn of the year.

His clairvoyant technique involves looking at pictures of a missing person and asking God “if this living creature is alive or dead,” before turning to atlases and Google Maps until they “stop in a place.”

Schneider told the Mirror: “I do not give such information lightly and without constantly questioning myself, because I am very much aware of the responsibility of what I do.

Madeleine McCann

Madeleine McCann

Christian Brueckner

Christian Brueckner

Police investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann (left) now believe she was murdered in Portugal by German suspect Christian Brueckner (right)

‘I’m glad the BKA seems to be taking me seriously.

“You often have a reputation for being a freak, or someone who is just trying to squeeze money out of someone and it hurts. I never take money.’

Schneider’s claims will be another blow to Madeleine’s grieving parents, who vowed to “never give up hope” on what would have been her 18th birthday.

He’s not the first psychic to claim that supernatural powers helped him pinpoint Madeleine’s location.

Nine years ago, detectives studied 100 logs of psychics previously ignored and called “a waste of resources.”

And in 2017, the family was hit by a vicious hoax after Susan Kelly demanded payment from the family for claiming to know “the truth” about Madeleine’s whereabouts.

Three-year-old Madeleine, better known as Maddie, disappeared on May 3, 2007 from a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal.  Pictured: Praia da Luz beach (file)

Three-year-old Madeleine, better known as Maddie, disappeared on May 3, 2007 from a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal.  Pictured: Praia da Luz beach (file)

Three-year-old Madeleine, better known as Maddie, disappeared on May 3, 2007 from a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal. Pictured: Praia da Luz beach (file)

Schneider’s claims will be another blow to Madeleine’s grieving parents Kate and Gerry (pictured in 2017), who vowed to “never give up hope” on what will be her 18th birthday in May.

Prosecutor Hans Christian Wolters, who leads the McCann investigation in Germany, claims police are convinced she died in Portugal

Prosecutor Hans Christian Wolters, who leads the McCann investigation in Germany, claims police are convinced she died in Portugal

Prosecutor Hans Christian Wolters, who leads the McCann investigation in Germany, claims police are convinced she died in Portugal

Maddie, then 3, disappeared from a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal, on May 3, 2007, as heart doctor Gerry and medical worker Kate fought tirelessly to find their daughter.

What followed is widely regarded as one of the most reported missing persons investigations in the world.

The Portuguese authorities closed their investigation in July 2008, but Maddie’s parents continued with private investigators.

Scotland Yard started its own investigation in 2011 – Operation Grange – and the investigation is still ongoing.

But last month, new evidence was uncovered by police in the search for Madeleine McCann, when phone records showed a suspect’s movements in Portugal.

Officers investigating her disappearance believe she was murdered in Portugal by German suspect Christian Brueckner, 44.

Convicted sex offender Brueckner – known as Christian B in Germany because of the country’s strict privacy laws – is said to have murdered Madeleine after kidnapping her from the holiday apartment in Praia da Luz.

When asked where he thought Maddie had been murdered, Mr Wolters told the newspaper: “In Portugal. I am optimistic that we will resolve this matter.”

The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann

Madeleine McCann, better known as Maddie, disappeared from a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal, on May 3, 2007.

She was on vacation with her parents, Kate and Gerry McCann; her two-year-old twin siblings; and a group of family friends and their children.

She and the twins had fallen asleep in the apartment, while the McCanns and friends ate at a restaurant 55 yards away.

The parents checked on the children all evening until Kate discovered she was missing at 10pm.

What followed is widely regarded as one of the most reported missing persons investigations in the world.

The Portuguese authorities closed their investigation in July 2008, but Maddie’s parents continued with private investigators.

Scotland Yard started its own investigation in 2011 – Operation Grange – and the investigation is still ongoing.

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