Madeleine McCann suspect “may be linked to murder of German teenager”

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Police would investigate whether 43-year-old Christian Brueckner may be linked to the death of 16-year-old Carola Titze (Photo: Getty / PA)

The new suspect in the Madeleine McCann case may be linked to the murder of a German teenager, he said.

Police would investigate whether a convicted sex offender, Christian Brueckner, 43, could be involved in the case of Carola Titze, 16, who was found dead on a beach in Belgium on July 11, 1996.

The young woman’s body was allegedly discovered after she went out for a walk on July 5 while she was on vacation with her parents in the municipality of De Haan.

According to the Telegraph, she was in contact with a German in the days preceding her death, the couple was seen in a nightclub together.

According to the local newspaper, the prosecutor’s office in West Flanders, Bruges, has confirmed that it is investigating the possibility of implicating Brückner.

This occurs after the suspect was potentially linked to the disappearances of two other children.

He is under investigation into the disappearance of Inga Gehricke, who was five years old when she disappeared from a forest in the Saxony-Anhalt region of Germany on May 2, 2015.

Brueckner was living in an abandoned factory in the town of Neuwegersleben, about 60 miles southwest of Stendal, Saxony-Anhalt, when Inga disappeared, according to German reports.

Carola was on vacation with her parents in the municipality of De Haan in the summer of 1996 when she disappeared
Madeleine McCann suspects Christian Brueckner

Police reportedly searched for the little girl in the factory in 2016, but did not find her and the investigation was dropped.

However, the German national was prosecuted after police found images of child sexual abuse on a USB stick during the same search.

Prosecutors at Stendal have reportedly said that Brueckner is not currently suspected of the disappearance of Inga – but have confirmed that they are exploring the possible links between the cases of Madeleine and Inga.

The Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) in Germany has also reportedly contacted the family of 6-year-old René Hasee, who disappeared in 1996, to inform them that they are again investigating his abduction.

The little boy from Elsdorf, Germany, was last seen in front of his mother and stepfather while on vacation with them in Aljezur on June 21, 1996.

Brueckner, who had previously been convicted of sexual offenses against children, has lived in the Algarve regularly since 1995, detectives said.

René’s father, Andreas Hasee, reportedly told the German newspaper Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger that the police telephone call was the first time he had been contacted about the investigation in 20 years and “there could be a link “.

The alleged new development comes after investigators in Germany ignored warnings that Brueckner could have kidnapped Madeleine seven years ago.

Inga Gehricke who disappeared from a Saxony-Anhalt forest near the German city of Stendal on May 2, 2015 (Photo: PA)
German detectives investigating 43-year-old Christian B reportedly contacted René Hasee’s family to tell them that they were again investigating his abduction in 1996

Detectives identified the sex offender as a key suspect in 2013, but their information was ignored by the country’s Federal Crime Office, according to the magazine Der Spiegel.

The force of Operation Scotland’s Yard Grange still considers the McCann case to be an investigation into a missing person because there is no “definitive evidence that Madeleine is alive or dead.”

However, German prosecutors have said they believe she is dead and are investigating Brueckner suspected of her murder.

Police have reportedly received nearly 400 tips since Brueckner was made a suspect.

A spokesperson for the Force said today: “We have received barely 400 reports. We are satisfied with the number of incoming calls and emails and we assess and prioritize them. ”

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