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Maddie is gone

Maddie is gone
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After the renewed call for witnesses to the case of the girl Maddie McCann, who disappeared 13 years ago, more than 800 reports have been received by the German Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) since the beginning of June.

BKA investigator Christian Hoppe said on Wednesday in the ZDF program “Aktenzeichen XY … unresolved” that some clues can already be described as further for the investigation.

Investigation into suspected murder

A 43-year-old German who is imprisoned for other offenses is suspected of having kidnapped the three-year-old British woman on May 3, 2007 from a holiday resort in Praia da Luz, Portugal. The Braunschweig public prosecutor’s office is investigating the man on suspicion of murder. According to the investigators, he was already on his track by pointing out a ZDF broadcast on the Maddie case in October 2013.

Looking for cell phone owners

On May 3, 2007, the suspect is said to have made a cell phone call at “crime-relevant” time in Praia da Luz. The investigators are therefore still looking for the user of a Portuguese mobile number that was shown on the ZDF program on Wednesday. BKA investigators Hoppe appealed to all viewers who had contact with Portuguese telephone numbers up to June 2007 to search for the number in their old cell phones, telephone books or bills. When asked, he did not want to comment on whether the evidence against the 43-year-old was sufficient for an indictment.


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