Scotland Yard will not end Madeleine McCann investigation

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Scotland Yard will not end investigation of Madeleine McCann despite German authorities’ belief that missing girl was murdered

  • Cressida Dick said the force was working “really, very closely” with German authorities
  • But she said Met police don’t expect their German counterparts to share all the evidence
  • German prosecutor said he had “hard evidence” that Brueckner, 43, killed her

Scotland Yard does not intend to end its investigation into the missing person of Madeleine McCann, although German prosecutors believe she was murdered.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick said the force was working “really, very closely” with the German authorities – but did not expect them to share all of their evidence.

Prosecutor Hans Christian Wolters – who is leading the McCann investigation in Germany – previously said he had “concrete evidence” that Christian Brueckner, 43, had killed her.

But Dame Cressida said the “small team” of the force would continue to consider Madeleine missing until “someone is brought to justice” or “all possible opportunities” have been exhausted.

German investigators believe convicted juvenile sex offender Brueckner murdered then-three-year-old Madeleine after kidnapping her from a vacation apartment in Praia da Luz in May 2007.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick (pictured) said the force was working 'really, very closely' with German authorities, but did not expect them to share all of their evidence.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick (pictured) said the force was working 'really, very closely' with German authorities, but did not expect them to share all of their evidence.

Scotland Yard has no plans to end its missing person investigation of Madeleine McCann (left), although German prosecutors believe she was murdered. Metropolitan Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick, right) said the force was working “really, very closely” with German authorities

Prosecutor Hans Christian Wolters, who is leading the McCann investigation in Germany, previously said he had

Prosecutor Hans Christian Wolters, who is leading the McCann investigation in Germany, previously said he had

Prosecutor Hans Christian Wolters, who is leading the McCann investigation in Germany, previously said he had “concrete evidence” that Christian Brueckner, 43, (photo) had killed her.

Brueckner – called Christian B in Germany because of the country’s strict privacy laws – was identified as a suspect in June, but prosecutors don’t have enough evidence to charge him.

At the time, the Met said its active investigation into the little girl’s disappearance, Operation Grange, was a missing persons investigation as there was no “definitive evidence whether Madeleine is alive or dead” .

Dame Cressida told reporters on Thursday that the nature of the investigation had not changed.

She said: “We continue to work closely with our colleagues from the BKA (Federal Criminal Police Office) in Germany, as you know, and the PJ (Policia Judiciaria) in Portugal.

“Our small team is still working on this and there is no significant change for us in terms of resources or posture.

“As you know, we have funds to continue this and we continue to do so.

“We will continue until it is fair, either because much more light has been shed on this and, or someone has been brought to justice. Or, if we feel that we have exhausted all possible opportunities.

“We’re not at any of those stages yet, and the team is continuing. “

Christian Brueckner is the prime suspect in Madeleine McCann's disappearance in 2007

Christian Brueckner is the prime suspect in Madeleine McCann's disappearance in 2007

Christian Brueckner is the prime suspect in Madeleine McCann’s disappearance in 2007

Prosecutor Hans Christian Wolters speaks to media on Madeleine McCann case

Prosecutor Hans Christian Wolters speaks to media on Madeleine McCann case

Prosecutor Hans Christian Wolters speaks to media on Madeleine McCann case

Asked if the German authorities shared everything with the Met, she added: “So we are working very closely with the German authorities. I wouldn’t necessarily expect every piece of document to be shared with us. I am sure they are sharing the relevant things with us at the appropriate time.

“We work really, very closely with them.

Brueckner is currently serving a prison sentence for drug trafficking and is expected to remain behind bars until 2026 after losing an attempt to overturn a rape conviction.

He was convicted last year of the rape of a 72-year-old American woman in the same Portuguese resort from which Madeleine disappeared and sentenced to seven years in prison, in a court in Brunswick, Lower Saxony.

Madeleine was only three years old when she disappeared during her vacation in Praia da Luz in Portugal's Algarve region with her parents Kate and Gerry McCann

Madeleine was only three years old when she disappeared during her vacation in Praia da Luz in Portugal's Algarve region with her parents Kate and Gerry McCann

Madeleine was only three years old when she disappeared during her vacation in Praia da Luz in Portugal’s Algarve region with her parents Kate and Gerry McCann

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