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Madeleine McCann search: police start digging at suspect’s home

Remote Portugal reservoir

Following the reportedly discovery of videos and photos of the location at the home of the primary suspect in Madeleine McCann’s abduction, new searches for the missing teenager have started at a Portuguese reservoir.

Police started looking for her Monday, 16 years after she vanished, after German officials discovered images of the Barragem do Arade reservoir during the arrest of Christian Brueckner, according to the Times.

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Brueckner, a convicted sex offender, is now being held in a German prison for a 2005 rape that took place in Portugal.

In a separate matter, he is being looked at for possible murder in the McCann case but has not yet been prosecuted.

Near the Arade dam, roughly 30 miles from Praia da Luz, where the three-year-old was last seen alive in 2007, a sizable number of police personnel are at work.

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New images from this afternoon show police excavating in the reservoir’s banks. Search crews have launched a boat and are searching the area with sniffing dogs.

Following tips, German prosecutors have confirmed in a fresh statement that they are cooperating with Portuguese law enforcement agencies with the help of agents from the [German] Federal Criminal Police Office.

According to German prosecutor Christian Wolter, “We are looking into it in Portugal based on some tips (tip-offs).”

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Local Portuguese reports—partially corroborated by police sources—said the searches were asked for and approved after German police acquired footage and images of Brueckner near the site of the planned excavation.

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