Portuguese research looking for evidence of Madeleine McCann in wells

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A local law enforcement source confirmed to CNN that the searches last Thursday were related to the investigation into McCann’s disappearance, but to the knowledge of the source, no new information has been found.Portuguese judicial police (PJ), National Guard officers (GNR) and at least one firefighter diver were involved, witnesses told CNN in the village of Budens, near Praia da Luz.

McCann was 3 years old when she disappeared in 2007 while she was on vacation with her family in Praia da Luz. Prosecutors in Germany recently said they have evidence that could link a man to the case, the first major move in this long-standing and important case after years of little progress.

The wells are about 15 minutes from Praia da Luz, on a road that leads to a semi-secluded beach popular with foreigners, especially those who travel by camper van.

The suspect for McCann’s disappearance had lived in the Algarve region of Portugal from 1995 to 2007 and also lived in a house in Praia de Luz, according to the German prosecutor’s office in Braunschweig.

Prosecutors said last month they had evidence that the man, now imprisoned in Germany for another crime, had killed McCann, but not enough to accuse him.

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