Key evidence in the Madeleine McCann case – from phone records to jilted lover

The Madeleline McCann case has rumbled on for 14 long years, with her loved ones still without an answer – but recent months have seen activity in the case, with prosecutors still working multiple angles to find the truth

Madeleine McCann went missing in 2007. Her body has never been found
Madeleine McCann went missing in 2007. She has never been found

The hunt for the truth about Madeleine McCann has heated up once again after police recently raided a house in Donegal.

Officers entered the house following a tip, only to find a picture of the girl in question hanging in the house. But after checks, Irish police were satisfied the suspect wasn’t their man.

Madeleine went missing from the Praia da Luz resort in the Algarve in Portugal, on May 3, 2007.

“We had to make all the relevant checks but are satisfied that this man had nothing to do with that particular case,” a Garda source told the Irish Mirror.

But the Irish raid isn’t the only development in the 14-year-long case to have come to light in 2021.

Here we look at some of the key developments in recent years in the investigation into the disappearance of the then three-year-old.

The phone records of Christian Brueckner

Christain Brueckner was a key suspect in the case throughout 2021



Officers think they’ve found a breakthrough in the Madeleine McCann case



A key suspect in 2021 has been german man Christian Brueckner, 44, although vital evidence is thought to have eluded investigators.

He has been a suspect since July 2020, when phone records placed him at the holiday resort the night Madeleine disappeared.

In May 2021, progress was made following the acquisition of new information.

A source told the Sun: “For a long time German officers have said many key pieces of the jigsaw were missing about Christian B‘s movements in the Algarve.

“This new information may help provide one of those pieces.”

Brueckner is a drifter and convicted child sex offender.

The certainty of prosecutor Hans Christian Wolters

German prosecutor Hans Christian Wolters


Phil Harris/Daily Mirror)

German prosecutor Hans Christian Wolters has played a big part in the McCann case, particularly the hounding of Christian Brueckner.

Wolters has claimed “concrete evidence” would put Brueckner away for killing Madeleine, but hasn’t given up any details.

Investigators have been reported to be “100% sure” Brueckner is their man.

Wolters has said officers now believe that she was killed in Portugal, and was not taken back to Germany by Brueckner, as was once suspected.

When asked where he thought she was killed he said: “In Portugal. I am optimistic we will solve this case.”

The testimony of a former friend

It came to light this year that German police sent an investigator undercover to try and befriend Brueckner in jail in the hope that they might gain his trust and elicit a confession.

Although the sting failed, the evidence that led them there came from a former friend of Brueckner’s, Helge Busching, who had been with him in the Algarve where the pair had met.

He said Brueckner had admitted he was involved in Madeleine’s disappearance. The testimony was strong enough to warrant the now failed and controversial sting.

Brueckner has told German prosecutor s they won’t find a “shred of evidence”.

The claims of an ex-girlfriend

Nakscije Miftari once dated suspect Christian Brueckner


Nakscije Miftari / Instagram)

A former girlfriend of Brueckner ‘s, Nakscije Miftari, 25, claims her former lover had admitted to being nearby at the time of Madeleine’s disappearance.

In an interview with the Mail on Sunday, she said the couple had been at a party with friends when a conversation about the case had come up. Miftari claims Brueckner went quiet at the time.

When she asked him about it after she claims he said: “I know about Maddie, I was near the hotel at the time.

“I was living in the area at the time. I am not going to say anything more.”

Miftari, who had got with Broeckner when she was 17, also claims he hit her after she discovered child pornography on his phone, which depicted young blond girls being abused.

“I asked him about the videos and pictures and that’s when he punched me.”

She said she fell down the stairs and woke up ten minutes later. After calling the police they found 400 images of child abuse. There were also 68 videos.

He was jailed for 15 months for the assault in 2017.

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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