Madeleine McCann’s parents received a letter from German prosecutors confirming that their daughter is dead but they refused to disclose ‘concrete evidence,’ insisting that more information could jeopardize the investigation into the suspect.
Hans Christian Wolters is leading the investigation into 43-year-old Christian Brueckner, the person named as the main suspect in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.
“I sympathise with the parents but if we reveal more details to them it might jeopardise the investigation,” Wolters said. “We have concrete evidence that our suspect has killed Madeleine and this means she is dead.
“The parents have been told the German police have evidence that she is dead but we have not told them the details.”
Wolters said that Gerry and Kate McCann, whose daughter disappeared on a holiday in 2007, hadn’t replied to the letter.
“We of course really consider the fact that it is going to be very hard for the family when we tell them that we assume Madeleine is dead,” the prosecutor added. “But we can’t say why she is dead – it is more important that we are successful and we are able to get the culprit as opposed to just putting our cards on the table and telling them why we think she might be.”
“This is a murder case not a missing persons case. We have been quite clear throughout we are investigating a murder and we have the evidence for that,” he continued. “We can understand the pain of the parents – and they want relief – but it is better for them that we have a clear and successful conclusion to the case.
“To reveal too many details too early would hamper ongoing investigations.
“In Germany we are very reserved, I am not sure how it is in the UK, we keep everything to ourselves until we press charges.”
The lawyer representing the family in Portugal, Rogerio Alves, has been putting pressure on investigators in Germany to reveal the evidence. He accused the police forced involved of ‘keeping information for themselves.’
“I want to find out if there are new leads for them to chase. I want to know what is being done. I intend to get answers on these matters this week,” he said. “I don’t know how strong the new evidence is so I don’t know what the Portuguese prosecutor is going to do.”
Mr. Alves has called on the Portuguese and Germans to ‘stop the war of words.’
“What I hope is that everybody helps to find the truth instead of hiding information, or keeping information for themselves,” he said. “This is not a competition between the police departments. We all have to go forwards to find the truth.
“Madeleine’s parents don’t want to know which police force thinks it is doing the best. They do not want a war of words.
“It is no use – this is a waste of time. All the police should be doing is trying to solve the case. I want to see full cooperation between the police forces.”
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