The prime suspect in the
German prosecutor Hans Christian Wolters said convicted paedophile and rapist Christian Brueckner, 44, is being investigated over several other attacks, including on a 10-year-old girl, as well as the murder of a teenager in Belgium.
Brueckner is currently being held in a high security prison in Oldenburg, near Bremen in northern
Investigators believe he abducted and killed three-year-old Madeleine in Portugal in 2007.
In a new book, Wolters said German police felt ‘there is good basis’ to suspect Brueckner is responsible for a sex attack on a 10-year-old girl.
The attack happened just six miles from Praia da Luz where Madeleine had disappeared one month earlier.
Christian Brueckner (right), the prime suspect in the case of Madeleine McCann(left), is being probed over at least five other sex crimes, a German prosecutor has revealed
‘We are investigating Christian B’s possible involvement in this,’ Wolters told British journalist Jon Clarke for his book My Search for Madeleine.
The lawyer said that Belgian investigators are also looking into Brueckner in relation to the 1996 killing of 16-year-old Carola Titze in De Hana.
Brueckner is also a suspect in the rape case of a 20-year-old woman in Praia de Rocha, Portugal, in 2004.
‘We only have Christian B as the suspect,’ Wolters said.
Three-year-old Madeleine, known as Maddie, vanished from a holiday apartment in Portugal’s Praia da Luz on May 3, 2007. Pictured: Praia da Luz beach [File photo]
In it the book, the German prosecutor said authorities were also considering whether Brueckner could have been involved in the disappearance of five-year-old Inga Gehricke – dubbed the ‘German Maddie’ – in 2015.
‘A Belgian prosecutor had some concrete questions about Carola not long ago. They needed some information about Christian B and we gave it to them,’ he said.
The final case Wolters revealed Brueckner was being investigated in relation to was an incident at a children’s playground in Messines, 40 miles from Praia de Luz, in 2017.
A man was accused of carrying out a sex act in front of children, according to Wolters, who added: ‘We have now picked up the investigation and he is facing several years in prison.’
Brueckner has denied any involvement in Madeleine’s disappearance.
The disappearance of Madeleine McCann
Madeleine McCann, known as Maddie, disappeared from a holiday apartment in Portugal’s Praia da Luz on May 3, 2007.
She was on holiday with her parents, Kate and Gerry McCann; her two-year-old twin siblings; and a group of family friends and their children.
She and the twins had been left asleep at the apartment, while the McCanns and friends dined in a restaurant 55 metres (180 ft) away.
The parents checked on the children throughout the evening, until Kate discovered she was missing at 10pm.
What followed is widely regarded as one of the most reported on missing person investigations in the world.
Portuguese authorities closed their enquiries in July 2008 but Maddie’s parents continued with private detectives.
Scotland Yard launched their own investigation – Operation Grange – in 2011 and enquiries are ongoing.