Madeleine McCann vanished from a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz on May 3 in 2007 (Image: PA)

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German police have reportedly dismissed claims by a clairvoyant that Madeleine McCann’s body is buried in a forest six miles from the Portuguese holiday resort where she went missing.

Michael Schneider, who has successfully located the remains of several missing people, told officers that Madeleine “is unfortunately dead and buried in Portugal north-east of Lagos,” the Mirror revealed earlier this month.

He gave police the exact co-ordinates of the spot where he believes they will find her body.

But now German police have ruled out the claims by the clairvoyant, according to reports.

Speaking to The Sun, a source close to the investigation said officers in Portugal told their German counterparts the area in question has already been searched.

Madeleine’s parents believe she is still alive
(Image: PA)

German prosecutor Hans Christian Wolters confirmed to the Sunday People his officers have previously used clairvoyants and in some cases received specific information.

Schneider, 50, last month helped solve the case of a woman who went missing in Germany.

She was found hanging from a tree 36 hours after Schneider gave police the correct location.

Michael Schneider has helped solve other missing person cases
(Image: Michael Schneider)

He also successfully pinpointed the bodies of ­murdered couple Peter Neumair, 63, and Laura Perselli, 68, who went missing from their home in Bolzano in Italy in January.

Madeleine vanished from a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz on May 3 in 2007, days before her fourth birthday.

Madeleine’s parents Kate, 52, and doctor Gerry, 53, of Rothley, Leics, believe she is still alive.

German prosecutors have named paedophile Christian Brueckner, 44, who is currently serving a seven-year sentence for rape, as the prime suspect in the case.