The chief suspect within the disappearance of Madeleine McCann in 2007 is reportedly being investigated by German authorities for allegedly raping a 20-year-old Irish girl in 2004, in line with Monday reviews.
German nationwide Christian Brückner is suspected of attacking and raping Hazel Behan in her condo in Praia da Rocha, a seaside resort in southern Portugal.
In June 2020, British authorities introduced that Brückner had been recognized as a suspect within the disappearance of McCann. The three-year-old British woman was vacationing together with her household in Praia da Luz in Might 2007 when she vanished from her lodge room the place she and her siblings have been sleeping. Brückner, now 44, was in and across the Praia da Luz resort space on the time of the woman’s disappearance.
Brückner sexually abused a baby in 1994 in Germany earlier than transferring to Portugal previous to serving time in reference to the alleged crime. After returning to Germany to face his time, Brückner moved again to Portugal.
Behan notified police of her 2004 assault after recognizing Brückner throughout a video attraction associated to McCann’s disappearance, the Irish Examiner reported. The realm the place she was raped, Praia da Rocha, is roughly 15 miles from the realm the place Brückner was dwelling on the time of McCann’s disappearance.
Brückner is now serving jail time in Germany for raping an American girl in Praia da Luz in 2005. Authorities named him final yr because the chief suspect in McCann’s disappearance.
Police reopened Behan’s case final summer season. Behan instructed the Guardian round that point that Brückner’s assault on the American girl was just like the one she had skilled.
The investigation into Brückner comes on the 14th anniversary of McCann’s disappearance and simply over every week earlier than her 18th birthday. In a Monday Fb put up, McCann’s mother and father mentioned they “grasp on to the hope” that their daughter remains to be alive and are “really grateful” for the assist they’ve acquired.
“As now we have mentioned repeatedly, we have to know what has occurred to our pretty daughter, it doesn’t matter what,” they wrote. “We’re very grateful to the police for his or her continued efforts.”