Madeleine McCann latest news: Suspect linked to missing German girl and boy – The Sun

MADELEINE McCann cops have linked her suspected snatcher "Christian B" to the disappearance of a boy, 6, in 1996 and a girl, 5, in 2015.

"Christian B", 43, is believed to have been investigated over the disappearance of a German girl, according to media reports.

A number of reports say the prime suspect had been investigated over the disappearance of a five-year-old girl – named only as Inga.

She went missing from a family party in Saxony-Anhalt on May 2, 2015, and has never been found.

Police have refused to confirm the investigation.

German cops investigating the convicted peado, 43, have also contacted the family of René Hasee to say they were looking into his 1996 abduction again.

The schoolboy, from Elsdorf, Germany, vanished on June 21, 1996 while on holiday with his family in Aljezur – just 25miles from Praia da Luz, in the Algarve.

Detectives believe the suspect was regularly living in the Algarve from 1995.

He was already convicted of sex offences against children and would have been 19 at the time René disappeared.

Police homed in on "Christian B" after he told a pal in a pub he snatched Madeleine.

The rapist is believed to have staked out the McCanns’ holiday flat in Praia da Luz, Portugal, for four days before the three-year-old was snatched in May 2007.

He is currently in prison for raping a 72-year-old woman in the Algarve resort in 2005.

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  • GERMAN SUSPECT LINKED TO DISAPPEARANCE OF BOY, 6

    Madeleine McCann cops have linked her suspected snatcher to the disappearance of a blonde schoolboy – 11 years earlier.

    German detectives investigating Christian B, 43, have contacted the family of René Hasee to say they were looking into his 1996 abduction again.

    The youngster, from Elsdorf, Germany, vanished on June 21, 1996 while on holiday with his family in Aljezur – just 25 miles from Praia da Luz, in the Algarve.

    He ran ahead during a family walk on the beach to go in the sea. After losing sight of him they never saw him again and were left with just his clothes lying on the beach.

    Detectives believe the suspect was regularly living in the Algarve from 1995. He was already convicted of sex offences against children and would have been 19 at the time René disappeared.

    René’s dad Andreas Hasee said he heard from police for the first time in 20 years when an investigator from the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) contacted him today.

    The dad admitted: “There could be a connection.”

    Mr Hasee, who had accepted his son had drowned, added: “René went to Portugal with my ex-wife and her new partner.”

    “He was actually also a very careful child, he would not have easily climbed into the Atlantic alone.”

    “Of course you start thinking, yes. I don't imagine that René is still alive,” he added.

    For the full story, click HERE.

  • MADDIE SUSPECT 'SHOULD GO ON TRIAL IN PORTUGAL' SAY FAMILY LAWYER

    The family lawyer who has been working with Kate and Gerry McCann since Madeleine's disappearance says Christian B “should go on trial in Portugal”.

    Rogerio Alves told The Telegraph: “It should be judged here in Portugal. The crimes may have continued and also committed abroad, but the main crime was committed here.”

  • CHRISTIAN B 'REFUSING' TO COOPERATE WITH COPS

    The German paedophile suspected of killing Madeleine McCann is refusing to cooperate with cops – causing “prolonged agony” for her parents.

    Christian B is now the prime suspect in the infamous 2007 disappearance with prosecutors in Germany investigating him “on suspicion of murder”.

    A source close to the German Police investigation told the Sun Online: ‘If he is responsible for taking Madeleine and suddenly crumbles and confesses it could end reasonably rapidly.

    “But so far he is saying absolutely nothing to officers, he is keeping schtum, so Kate and Gerry could be left in limbo for many weeks and months which is agonising for them.”

    For the full story, click HERE.

  • MADELEINE SUSPECT ‘DATED BRITISH WOMAN WHILE LIVING IN PORTUGAL’

    The Madeleine McCann suspect Christian B, 43, had a year-long relationship with a British woman while living in Portugal, it is claimed.

    They were together with his unidentified English girlfriend from 2004 to 2005 while living near Praia da Luz.

    Two years later three-year-old Madeleine vanished from a resort.

  • ‘WANTED TO CAPTURE SOMETHING SMALL & USE IT FOR DAYS’

    Madeleine McCann's paedo suspect Christian B fantasised about wanting to “capture something small and use it for days” in a chatroom exchange, according to reports.

    The convicted rapist and paedophile allegedly discussed kidnapping and sexually abusing a child in a chatroom exchange in September 2013, German newspaper Spiegel reports.

    After allegedly expressing his fantasy of snatching a youngster, one pal warned him it would be dangerous – causing Christian B to reply: “Oh, if the evidence is destroyed afterwards.”

  • COPS TO DIG UP LAND AT MADELEINE SUSPECT CHRISTIAN B’S LAIRS

    One home, a farmhouse, is just 25 minutes' walk from the hotel where the three-year-old went missing 13 years ago.

    The single-storey farmhouse property is littered with abandoned wells and sits on a hillside with a footpath to the beach where she played.

    And the other is up in the hills above Praia da Luz on a secluded road surrounded by just a few other houses – a drive from there to the holiday club takes 11 minutes.

  • GERMAN PAEDO ‘CLIMBED THROUGH HOLIDAY FLAT WINDOW’ RAPE TRIAL TOLD

    Christian B is currently in jail for raping a 72-year-old woman in Praia da Luz, Portugal.

    A witness who gave evidence at the rape trial said he had seen the German national “climb through open windows in one or another holiday flat”.

  • MADDIE SUSPECT’S EX-LANDLORD SHOCKED AT CLAIMS

    Christian B’s former landlord yesterday spoke of his shock at learning he was the main suspect in the Madeleine McCann case.

    The 43-year-old drifter moved in with the man and his wife in Augsburg, southern Germany, in the years after Maddie went missing.

    He needed somewhere to live and they hit it off after meeting through a mutual acquaintance – thanks to a shared love of Jaguars.

    The police have appealed for information about the suspect’s Jag which he registered in someone else’s name the day after Maddie vanished.

  • PORTUGUESE COPS PROBING MADELEINE CASE 'DIDN'T FOCUS ON LOCAL PAEDO'

    Police in Portugal face fresh scrutiny over missed opportunities in their investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.

    They are accused of not focusing their investigation on the new key suspect in the case, a German paedophile named in media reports as Christian B, 43, regularly lived in the Portuguese coastal village of Praia da Luz between 1995 and 2007.

  • POLICE TO RETURN TO OLD BOX FACTORY WHERE MCCANN SUSPECT LIVED

    Police in Germany are to return to an abandoned box factory where Madeleine McCann suspect Christian B formerly lived as part of a reopened probe into the disappearance of a second young girl.

    The 43-year-old was previously investigated during the search for five-year-old Inga Gehricke, who vanished during a family outing in Saxony-Anhal in 2015.

    At the time, Christian B lived in a caravan on the site of a box factory just 48 miles away.

    Police searched the site in February 2016, but found only a USB stash of child pornography, for which Christian B was later prosecuted.

  • SUSPECT WAS 'OFTEN AGGRESSIVE', SAYS FORMER NEIGHBOUR

    The suspect in the Madeleine McCann case was “often aggressive”, a former neighbour has said.

    The neighbour, named Norbert M, spoke to a German newspaper about the 43-year-old, identified as Christian B, now being investigated in connection with the three-year-old's disappearance.

    He said Christian B was “often very aggressive” and “very bad with women”.

    “He had a minor friend who came from Kosovo. He always beat them.

    “Once she even had strangles on her neck.”

  • MCCANN SUSPECT HAD 17 CONVICTIONS

    The prime suspect in the Madeleine McCann investigation had a total of 17 entries in his criminal record, Der Speigel reported.

    The man, named as Christian B, has been convicted of offences including rape and sexual abuse of a child.

    His first conviction came in 1994 when a court in Germany handed him a two-year youth custody sentence for the sexual abuse of a child, attempted sexual abuse of a child, and carrying out sexual acts in front of a child.

    He was just 17 years of age at the time.

    His most recent convictions came in December, when he was sentenced to seven years for the 2005 rape of an American woman in Portugal, though he is currently appealing the conviction.

  • OPERATION GRANGE STILL CONSIDERS MADELEINE A MISSING PERSON

    Operation Grange still considered the Madeline McCann case a missing person inquiry because there is no “definitive evidence whether Madeleine is alive or dead”.

    Germany prosecutors yesterday said they are assuming Madeleine is dead after yesterday unveiling a new prime suspect, identified as Christian B, in the case.

    They have said the 43-year-old is being investigated on suspicion of murder.

    The Metropolitan Police has said the man was known to its investigation but that he did not become a suspect until after information was received following an appeal in 2017.

  • MCCANN PARENTS 'SHIELDING TWINS FROM PUBLIC ATTENTION'

    The parents of Madeleine McCann are shielding their other children and trying to maintain a normal life, their spokesman has said.

    The couple are both doctors and have twins – a boy and a girl – born in 2005.

    “They are trying to maintain as normal a life as possible under the circumstances,” said Clarence Mitchell.

    “[They are] continuing their medical work where necessary and bringing the twins up as best they can, while shielding them from all the attention.

    “They wait to hear any developments from police.”

  • OWNER OF ABANDONED HOME HELPED POLCIE WITH INVESTIGATION

    The British owner of a home abandoned by Madeleine McCann suspect Christian B has described the first time police contacted him about his former tenant.

    The man, who has chosen to remain anonymous, said he received a called from a neighbour in Portugal just months before the three-year-old's disappearance to say the house had been deserted.

    “In 2006, my neighbour contacted me in the UK to say that the house had been left ramshackled and abandoned with no sign of occupancy,” he said.

    “We returned to Portugal and reported the disappearance to the Portuguese police and later discovered that he may have been arrested, details unknown.

    “This was the last we heard from him until about a year ago when we were contacted by the UK and Portuguese Police requesting what information we had as they were following a new line of enquiry relating to this person.”

  • KATE AND GERRY TROLLS 'MAKE ME PUKE', SAYS PIERS MORGAN

    Piers Morgan has slammed online trolls targeting Kate and Gerry McCann following the news of a new prime suspect in the investigation into their daughter's disappearance.

    Speaking today, the Good Morning Britain host said: “It must be an utter living torment for the rest of your life.

    “To all those trolling them, honestly, I’m reading this stuff.

    “It’s making me puke. Just stop it. Leave them alone.

    “To have a child taken from you, and potentially abused and murdered, shut up.”

  • COPS PROBE MADDIE SUSPECT OVER OTHER MISSING GIRL

    Police are today re-investigating Madeleine McCann's paedo suspect over the disappearance of a girl dubbed the 'German Maddie'.

    Christian B – yesterday unmasked as the prime suspect in Madeleine's disappearance – was reported to be in the same area as five-year-old German girl Inga Gehricke when she vanished in May 2015.

    The little girl had been enjoying a family BBQ in woodland in the state of Saxony-Anhalt, around 50 miles from Berlin, when she vanished without a trace in chilling echoes of Madeleine's disappearance.

    Police today confirmed they are re-investigating the case for “new clues in connection with a suspect in Braunschweig”, Sky News reports.

    Read more here.

  • MCCANN’S HAVE ‘NEW HOPE’, LAWYER SAYS

    Kate and Gerry McCann’s Portuguese lawyer has said they have “new hope” and “want to know the truth”.

    Rogerio Alves, who has traditionally assisted the McCanns as their criminal lawyer, said this week’s revelation police have a new suspect means the 13-year-old mystery could be closer to being solved.

    Mr Alves told respected Portuguese daily Jornal de Noticias: “A new lead publicised by the police, which is therefore not an anonymous lead or a frivolous one, is obviously going to give the family hope.

    “The family want this investigation to continue because the case is still active and hasn’t been resolved. Madeleine’s parents want to know the truth.

    “They hope this lead can lead to the discovery of the truth, so we will be able to know what happened, what crime was committed and who committed it and what happened to Madeleine and whether she’s alive.”

  • MADDIE ‘COULD STILL BE ALIVE’, BRIT COP SAYS

    Madeleine McCann could still be alive despite German cops' murder investigation, says a Brit cop from the first UK probe into her disappearance.

    The former detective from Northern Ireland has come out to say he disagrees with German prosecutors, who fear the youngster is dead.

    Jim Gamble said the development was the first time in the long investigation “when I actually dared to hope”, and added he thinks she might still be alive.

    He told Good Morning Britain: “I think until we've got the evidence to substantiate that [her being dead], I would never want to take away hope.

    “Maybe I've missed some of the evidence but I think the approach of New Scotland Yard is we don't know what happened to Madeleine and looking to find what happened is the right one…. but I won't hypothesise about whether she's alive or dead or not.”

    Read more here.

  • MCCANNS ‘ENCOURAGED’ BY CALL-INS AFTER LATEST APPEAL

    Madeleine McCann's parents are “encouraged” by the results of the latest appeal over their daughter's disappearance, their spokesman said.

    Scotland Yard's Operation Grange received more than 270 calls and emails less than 24 hours after revealing details of a new suspect, who is believed to have been in Praia da Luz, Portugal, when she went missing on May 3 2007.

    The 43-year-old German national is a convicted child sex offender named in media reports as Christian B, who is currently in prison in his home country.

    Clarence Mitchell, a spokesman for Madeleine's family, said her doctor parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, from Rothley, Leicestershire, are “trying to maintain as normal a life as possible” and awaiting updates from police.

    “Two hundred and seventy calls and emails isn't a bad result, given it was 13 years ago,” he said.

    “They certainly will be encouraged to know the appeal is yielding results already and hopefully within that there will be crucial bits of information the police can act upon.”

  • MADDIE SUSPECT ‘SHARED FANTASIES ON CHATROOM’

    Madeleine McCann's paedo suspect fantasised about wanting to “capture something small and use it for days” in a chatroom exchange, according to reports.

    Christian B is the prime suspect in the infamous 2007 disappearance with prosecutors in Germany investigating him “on suspicion of murder”.

    The convicted rapist and paedophile allegedly discussed kidnapping and sexually abusing a child in a chatroom exchange in September 2013, German newspaper Spiegel reports.

    After allegedly expressing his fantasy of snatching a youngster, one pal warned him it would be dangerous – causing Christian B to reply: “Oh, if the evidence is destroyed afterwards.”

    Read more here.

  • MADDIE SUSPECT LEFT HOUSE IN ‘DISGUSTING’ STATE

    The British owner of the house Christian B once lived in has told how it was left in a “disgusting” and “absolutely vile” state.

    Wigs and exotic clothing were found strewn around the property with smashed computer hardware when the paedophile abruptly moved out.

    The owner, who asked not to be named, said in a statement: “The house was occupied for a period of time by what seemed like an ordinary young couple trying to get by in Portugal.

    “Living in England, we had relatively little interaction besides talk of the house, the land and any maintenance issues.

    “We met in person when passing through on family holidays to the Algarve.”

  • ‘SOMETHING WASN’T RIGHT’ ABOUT SUSPECT, NEIGHBOUR RECALLS

    A Brit woman whose mother owns a property next door has recalled seeing Christian B when she was a teen in Praia da Luz.

    She told The Sun: “There was something weird about him.

    “You get a feeling about people that it’s hard to explain.

    “I was only 14 at the time that Madeleine disappeared and I never really felt threatened by him, but something wasn’t right.

    “I never saw his VW camper van but can clearly remember seeing him in the big Jaguar.”

  • MADDIE SUSPECT ‘HAD NO ALIBI’ FOR GERMAN GIRL’S DISAPPEARANCE

    The new Madeleine McCann suspect was less than 60 miles from where another girl vanished and had no alibi, it’s claimed.

    Inga Gehricke vanished in woods during a family barbecue in the state of Saxony-Anhalt, some 50 miles from Berlin, in May 2015.

    Family lawyer Petra Küllmei told Volksstimme: “Just a day before Inga disappeared …Christian B had a documented parking lot number on the A 2 near Helmstedt.”

    The rest area is less than 60 miles from the spot where Inga disappeared near Schönebeck.

    And according to the new reports he had no alibi for the day of Inga's disappearance.

    Küllmei added: “The file was closed again only four weeks after starting work. I think that's not very ambitious.”

    Read more here.

  • KATE DOESN’T WANT TWINS TO HAVE TO CARRY ON SEARCH

    Mum Kate McCann says it would be a relief to know her other children would not have to continue the search for Madeleine after she and Gerry die.

    One of her biggest worries has been that daughter Madeleine’s disappearance may not be solved before she and Gerry die.

    It would then fall to Kate’s 15-year-old twins Sean and Amelie, to continue the search for her — something Kate does not want at all.

    She said that the twins “had grown up essentially without Madeleine but knowing their sister is missing and they want her back”.

    Kate said: “Their only wish is for their big sister to come home.”

    Read more here.

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