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German police excavate allotment in search linked to McCann case

where Christian B, a suspect in the Madeleine McCann investigation lived for a while some years ago. REUTERS/Frank Witte

Police excavated an allotment near the German city of Hanover in search of clues in a case that prosecutors said was linked to the disappearance of British toddler Madeleine McCann, who vanished from a holiday home in Portugal 13 years ago.

The allotment, in the Hanover suburb of Seelze, is an hour’s drive from the town of Braunschweig, the last fixed abode of Christian B., whom prosecutors last month named as their main suspect in the 3-year-old’s presumed murder.

“I can confirm that the search is linked to our investigations in the Maddie McCann case,” said Julia Meyer, a spokeswoman for Braunschweig prosecutors, who have jurisdiction over the case. She declined to give further details.

Reuters footage showed police and an excavator on the allotment on Tuesday morning. The premises were sealed off from public view with plastic sheeting.

McCann’s disappearance, from her bedroom in a rented holiday home in the Algarve, sparked one of Europe’s biggest international investigations. Last month, prosecutors announced they had phone evidence linking B., a rapist with convictions for abusing children, to her disappearance on May 3, 2007.

28 July 2020

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