Madeleine McCann

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Madeleine McCann Probe Leads to 'Hidden Cellar'

'It's gruesome and I find it chilling'

(Newser) - A site involved in the Madeleine McCann investigation has led authorities to a "hidden cellar," Sky News reports. German police discovered the deep, 50-foot-wide hole in an allotment garden at a holiday chalet in Seelze, roughly 5 miles northwest of Hanover. Little else is known, but police say... More »

Cops Dig Up Garden in Search for Madeleine McCann

German suspect lived around 40 miles away

(Newser) - An allotment garden near Hanover, Germany is being dug up in connection with the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, authorities have confirmed. Investigators could be seen at the site Tuesday guiding a sniffer dog around the garden and putting possible evidence into plastic bags, the AP reports. A man already serving... More »

Possible McCann Suspect Could be Tied to 2015 Case

Prosecutors in Germany announce investigation

(Newser) - German prosecutors have opened an investigation into whether a 43-year-old man who has emerged as a possible suspect in the disappearance of British girl Madeleine McCann in Portugal may have been involved in a similar crime in Germany. Prosecutors in Stendal, 60 miles west of Berlin, told the dpa news... More »

2 Key Phone Numbers Shared in Madeleine McCann Case

Christian B. investigated for murder; police believe others may have knowledge

(Newser) - The new suspect in the 2007 disappearance of 3-year-old Madeleine McCann in Portugal has been identified as Christian B., a 43-year-old German national and child sex offender currently serving time in prison for rape. McCann family spokesperson Clarence Mitchell said that in 13 years, he couldn't "recall an... More »

Madeleine McCann Development Is 'Biggest Since 2007'

Suspect is serving time in German prison

(Newser) - After 13 agonizing years, the parents of Madeleine McCann may finally get some answers. In what friends of Kate and Gerry McCann say is the biggest breakthrough in the case since the 3-year-old disappeared in Portugal in 2007, a German man has been identified as a suspect, the Telegraph reports.... More »

Cops Probe New Lead in Madeleine McCann Case

Cops reportedly searching for a last person of interest in child's decade-old disappearance

(Newser) - The British government has extended the inquiry into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann amid reports that investigators are searching for one final person of interest in the case. Detectives are searching for an individual who was in the same area of Portugal when the 3-year-old girl who went missing from... More »

Mom: Madeleine McCann Likely Never Left Portugal

Kate McCann: Research into abducted kids indicates they aren't taken far

(Newser) - Madeleine McCann has been missing for nine years, and while sightings of the child have been reported worldwide (example here ), her mother now tells the Sun she believes Maddie was probably never taken out of Portugal. Maddie went missing on May 3, 2007, and Kate McCann says that the... More »

Only 4 Officers Still Hunting for Madeleine McCann

The British girl disappeared in Portugal in 2007

(Newser) - The UK's Metropolitan Police has reduced the number of officers looking for a 3-year-old girl who disappeared from her family's vacation home in Portugal eight years ago from 29 to four, NBC News reports. Officials announced the change Wednesday, saying most avenues of investigation had been completed while... More »

Bones Found in Australia Not Madeleine McCann's

She has been 'totally excluded as a potential victim'

(Newser) - Australian authorities had set expectations low regarding the possibility that bones recently found in South Australia belonged to Madeleine McCann. They're now at zero. "Madeleine McCann has been totally excluded as a potential victim," said Detective Superintendent Des Bray today, per NBC News . The BBC reports police... More »

Madeleine McCann Detectives Ask About Australian Bones

Remains found in suitcase this month could be from girl missing since 2007

(Newser) - First, the words of caution: "There is absolutely no evidence at this point in time that the child is Madeleine McCann," says an Australian police commissioner. But the body of a child, found near the South Australia town of Wynarka and thus far unidentified, has led the detectives... More »

Woman Who Abused McCanns Online Found Dead

She was confronted by reporter over Twitter messages

(Newser) - A woman accused of taking part in an online hate campaign against the parents of missing girl Madeleine McCann has been found dead days after she was confronted by a reporter. Brenda Leyland, a 63-year-old described by the Daily Mail as a "church-going mother," was found in a... More »

Madeleine McCann Search Zeroes In on New Site

2nd of 3 sites is now being investigated

(Newser) - British and Portuguese police involved in the renewed search for Madeleine McCann have moved onto a second area of scrubland near the Praia da Luz resort where she disappeared in 2007. Detectives are particularly focused on one area about the size of a tennis court, the Guardian reports. The entire... More »

Cops to Question Suspects in Madeleine McCann Case

They reportedly include burglars, resort workers

(Newser) - Police in Portugal will question several suspects in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann in the "very near future," reports the BBC . The Observer goes further and characterizes the development as pending arrests, which would be the first major ones in the 2007 case. Up to eight people reportedly... More »

New McCann Search Reveals Hidden Shaft, Grave-Like Hole

Search could continue for another week

(Newser) - The renewed investigation into Madeleine McCann's disappearance, now focusing on scrubland located a short distance from where the British girl vanished in 2007, has revealed a concealed shaft beneath a sheet of corrugated iron, the Guardian reports. Forensic officers examined the site for hours yesterday beneath a white tent... More »

In Renewed Maddie Search, Cops Dig Up Scrubland

Large area around Praia da Luz resort to be searched

(Newser) - Just as sources said last month , police are now digging up scrubland around the Algarve resort of Praia da Luz, where Madeleine McCann disappeared while on vacation with her parents in 2007. An area the size of "three football pitches" was sealed off today, and Portuguese and British police... More »

Cops Digging Up Resort Where McCann Girl Vanished

Sources say 3 sites will be excavated

(Newser) - Almost exactly seven years since Madeleine McCann disappeared, Scotland Yard detectives are headed to the Portugal resort where she vanished on vacation with her family—to dig it up. Excavations are planned at three sites near the Praia da Luz resort, sources tell the Daily Mirror , and forensics experts will... More »

Madeleine McCann Suspect Turns Out to Be Dead

Euclides Monteiro died in a tractor accident in 2009

(Newser) - On Wednesday, British police asked the public for information on an unnamed suspect they were hunting in connection with Madeleine McCann's disappearance. Yesterday, a source close to Portuguese investigators revealed to the Guardian the supposed identity of that man: Euclides Monteiro—who died in a tractor accident in 2009.... More »

Madeleine McCann Case: Cops Eye Earlier Sex Attacks

Man broke into homes, got into bed with young girls: police

(Newser) - Police are on the hunt for a suspect in Madeleine McCann's disappearance: a man with "a very, very unhealthy interest in young white female children." Officials now say a tanned, dark-haired man is suspected in a series of burglaries in Algarve, Portugal, near where the British child... More »

Secret Dossier Handed Over in Madeleine McCann Case

Details burglaries, child abuse in area where she went missing

(Newser) - The long-running investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann appears to be heating up again. In October, Portuguese police officially reopened their investigation into the British 3-year-old's 2007 disappearance. Now, they've handed over to British police secret files covering burglaries near the Portuguese resort of Praia da Luz,... More »

Portugal Reopens Madeleine McCann Case

Police back on the investigation after promising leads emerge in Britain

(Newser) - Portugal is following Britain's lead in the Madeleine McCann case and officially reopening its police investigation, reports AFP . The 3-year-old British girl disappeared while on vacation with her parents in Portugal in 2007, but investigators there closed the case the following year after casting suspicion on her parents. Scotland... More »

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