Hans Christian Walters said Madeleine McCann might still be alive. (Photo: AP/Getty)
The police still have some hope that Madeleine McCann is still alive, a German public prosecutor who said earlier that the officials assume she is dead.
A long-term investigation into her disappearance from Praia da Loos, Portugal, came to the fore again this week when the authorities announced that they were investigating a 43-year-old German woman who had been convicted of a sex crime.
Christian Bruckner, who is currently serving a prison sentence, was named as a suspect in the reports.
The spokesman for the Braunschweig Public Prosecutor’s Office, Hans Christian Walters, said Monday that the prosecution had some evidence of Madeleine’s death, but not enough for the trial. But in an interview with the Sunday Mirror, he checked the procedure a little bit. He said: Because there’s no evidence that she’s still alive.
We don’t want to kill hope, and since there’s no evidence, it’s theoretically possible.
I know it’s important to the British people when I say she’s dead, but I didn’t know it was so important.
Walters added that it was more normal in Germany to investigate a murder case in such cases.
Separately on Sunday, Walters said in a speech to the Sunday Times that prosecution is investigating whether a hotel employee helped the suspect attack McKenna’s apartment, even though he knew they were at a nearby restaurant.
Christian Bruckner is currently serving a prison sentence (Photo: AFP).
Madeleine disappeared on the 3rd. May 2007 in Praia da Los, Portugal (Photo: AFP).
Prosecutor Walters had previously informed the media that the public prosecutors agree (Photo: AP).
Bruckner is known to have lived on the Algarve coast, and his Portuguese mobile phone got half an hour to Praia da Loos, about an hour before Madeleine, and then three, on the third day of the month. May 2007 is gone.
There is no evidence that the employee knew about Madeleine’s kidnapping in advance, and Walters said that the suspect’s phone call may have been between him and an employee who told him when he broke into McKenna’s apartment.
He added that the police had not questioned Bruckner about Madeleine’s murder at the time because they had not found the man who had called him.
Mr. Walters told the paper: The person he was talking to may have pressed the phone in his hand (which confirms that he was talking to Bruckner), which would mean he was in the neighborhood at the time.
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It’s the evidence we need before we issue a warrant and question him for murder. This would help prosecute the case against him – but we’d also need more evidence.
In the days following the second call, Scotland Yard reported that he had received almost 400 tips on Operation Grange from his team.
Operation Grange refers to an active troop investigation, previously classified as a missing persons investigation because there is no definitive evidence that Madeleine is alive or dead, a police spokesperson said.
Madeleine disappeared just before her fourth birthday, when her parents were eating with friends in a nearby tapas restaurant and last month she would have turned 17.
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