Portuguese authorities on Monday resumed the search for missing Madeleine McCann, a British girl who disappeared as a child during a 2007 family holiday in Praia da Luz.
Madeleine was abducted from the family’s ground floor apartment in the southern Portuguese coastal city on May 3, 2007, when she was 3 years old.
In the coming days in the Portuguese region of the Algarve, the police will conduct “new searches … at the request of the German authorities” and with the “presence of the British authorities,” the Portuguese judicial police said in a translated statement.
Police are expected to provide more information as it becomes available.
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On Monday, police were seen conducting a search near the Arade dam, about 31 miles from Praia da Luz.
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In 2020, German authorities named 45-year-old Christian Brueckner as a suspect in Madeleine’s disappearance. Brueckner continues to deny his involvement in the case.
Brueckner spent many years in Portugal, including in Praia da Luz, around the time of Madeleine’s disappearance.
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Brueckner served a seven-year sentence for raping a 72-year-old woman in 2005, Reuters reported. He was charged in 2022 with sexual crimes against children who German authorities say committed in Portugal between 2000 and 2017.
Madeleine was born in May 2003 and will be 20 this month.
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On May 3, Madeleine’s parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, said in a statement marking 16 years since their daughter’s disappearance that they await a “breakthrough” in the case.
“Thank you all for your support, it really helps,” they said in the statement posted on the ‘Official Find Madeleine Campaign’ Facebook page.
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The Madeleine missing persons case received renewed attention this year after a Polish woman shared her belief that she might be the missing girl on social media, an idea that was later disproved by a DNA test.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.