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The prosecutor leading the probe into Madeleine McCann suspect Christian Brueckner said the case could be solved in months.
German Hans Christian Wolters revealed his team is “pleased” with how the investigation has progressed over the past year and that they had received “very interesting tips”.
He said: “We hope we can solve the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, although this will take several months.
“We are pleased with the response to our appeal for witnesses. But unfortunately not all our questions have been answered.”
Asked when Brueckner will be quizzed, he said: “At the end of the investigation. When we have completed our investigations, we will inform the public about the result and then also about further details.”
Christian Brueckner was named as the prime suspect by German investigators
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Convicted paedophile Brueckner was living in a camper van close to Praia da Luz on the Algarve when Madeleine disappeared in May 2007, shortly before her fourth birthday.
German and UK police first became aware of him as a suspect in 2017 but only went public with the information last June.
Since then senior investigators have interviewed a string of potential key witnesses in Germany and Portugal. They include Brueckner’s British ex-girlfriend, who claims he brutally attacked her.
The German denies being involved in Madeleine’s disappearance and has refused to speak to police or prosecutors.
Kate and Gerry McCann are still searching for answers about what happened to their little girl
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Investigators revealed last year that his mobile phone “pinged” close to the resort on the night she vanished while parents Kate and Gerry were having tapas nearby with friends.
Mr Wolters, who believes Madeleine is dead, said his team have still not tracked down the mystery person who Brueckner rang on the same night.
He also revealed authorities have not spoken to Kate and Gerry, of Rothley, Leics, about the case. They refuse to give up hope their daughter is alive.
Hans Christian Wolters, the German prosecutor investigating the case of Christian Brückner
(Image: Daily Mirror/Ian Vogler)
Former pals of Brueckner told the Mirror last week they fear he will never be charged. One said: “It’s crazy that the German cops haven’t even been to see Chris in prison or interviewed him.
“We’re scared he’ll never face justice and could then come back here.”
And former Scotland Yard detective chief inspector Peter Kirkham said he believes the inquiry is “rapidly drying up”.
Brueckner is serving a seven-year sentence in a German jail for raping a pensioner in Praia da Luz. He is being investigated for allegedly exposing himself to kids in an Algarve playground.