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Portugal identifies suspect in disappearance of British girl Madeleine McCann : NPR

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A waiter hangs a picture of missing 3-year-old girl Madeleine McCann from a restaurant window May 10, 2007, in Praia da Luz, southern Portugal.

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A waiter hangs a picture of missing 3-year-old girl Madeleine McCann from a restaurant window May 10, 2007, in Praia da Luz, southern Portugal.

Armando Franca/AP

LISBON, Portugal — Prosecutors in southern Portugal formally charge a suspect in the investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, a young British girl who disappeared nearly 15 years ago while on a family vacation in this southern European countries.

A statement released Thursday by the Public Prosecutor’s Office district of Faro, the largest city in Portugal’s Algarve region, did not name the suspect but said they were acting at the request of German authorities and in coordination with British investigators.

In mid-2020, German police identified Christian Brueckner, a German citizen, as a suspect in the case.

McCann was 3 at the time of his disappearance from an apartment where his family was vacationing in the seaside town of Praia da Luz in the Algarve.

Brueckner, 45, is serving time for drug offenses in a German prison and has a seven-year pending sentence for the 2005 rape of a 72-year-old American woman in Portugal. The rape also took place in Praia da Luz.

Brueckner denied any involvement in Madeleine’s disappearance.

Investigators from the nearby town of Portimao are leading the investigation with the help of the judicial police, according to the press release from the prosecutors.

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