Madeleine McCann may still be alive, says Scotland Yard ex-detective despite German cops claiming she's dead

Last month chief prosecutor Hans Christian Wolters said, 'we have nothing to indicate she could be alive'


                            Madeleine McCann may still be alive, says Scotland Yard ex-detective despite German cops claiming she's dead
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A retired Scotland Yard detective believes that Madeleine McCann, who disappeared more than ten years ago, is still alive. Christian Brueckner was named the prime suspect earlier this year in the missing case of Madeleine by German prosecutors. It has been said that Brueckner was living near Praia da Luz in Portugal when the three-year-old vanished in 2007 while vacationing with her parents.

In end-September, chief prosecutor Hans Christian Wolters commented on the case and said, “All I can say is this is like a puzzle and there are many pieces that lead us to believe Christian B is responsible. One of the pieces is the signal from the mobile phone he was using at the time Madeleine McCann disappeared and has been shown to have been in the area of the Ocean Club resort where she was staying." He also added that “the result of our investigation does not point in any way to the possibility the suspect might have kept Madeleine alive. We have nothing to indicate she could be alive. Everything we have points to her being dead. We have no margin of maneuver."

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But as reported by The Sun, ex-Met detective chief inspector Mick Neville said, “It must be remembered that Madeleine McCann may still be alive, whatever the opinion of German prosecutors.” According to reports, the Met’s Operation Grange, which was launched in 2011, into the missing case of Madeleine has been getting nearly £350,000 from the Home Office. It will cover work on the case until the end of March next year. Experts have claimed that the extra money means the international investigation into Brueckner might carry on for at least another six months.

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Meanwhile, the Home Office stated: “Ministers have agreed funding up to March 31, 2021. The cost of Operation Grange was $15.4 million to the end of the 2019-20 financial year.”  Neville said, “The sum of $15.4 million seems an awful lot of money. But if she has been murdered, her killer must be brought to justice. Any parent would want the same if it was their child.”

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This comes after a source said that the investigators who are working on the disappearance case of Madeleine believe witnesses are not providing crucial evidence against Brueckner since they are “terrified” of him. The source mentioned that “many of the people who have bravely come forward to pass on information about Christian B have made clear how difficult a decision it was to speak out. The reality is that he is an evil man who terrified many of the people who he has come across in his life.”

The source added, “But detectives are convinced there are people out there — potentially other criminals themselves who know the truth but who are too scared to speak out. German police will continue to try and reach out to those people as they are determined to prove what they are sure of — that Christian B was involved in Maddie’s disappearance.”

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