The chief suspect in the disappearance of Madeline McCann in 2007 is reportedly being investigated by German authorities for allegedly raping a 20-year-old Irish woman in 2004, in keeping with Monday studies.
German nationwide Christian Brückner is suspected of attacking and raping Hazel Behan in her house in Praia da Rocha, a seaside resort in southern Portugal.
In June 2020, British authorities introduced that Brückner had been recognized as a suspect in the disappearance of McCann. The three-year-old British woman was vacationing together with her household in Praia da Luz in May 2007 when she vanished from her resort room the place she and her siblings had been sleeping. Brückner, now 44, was in and across the Praia da Luz resort space on the time of the woman’s disappearance.
Brückner sexually abused a baby in 1994 in Germany earlier than shifting to Portugal previous to serving time in reference to the alleged crime. After returning to Germany to face his time, Brückner moved again to Portugal.
Behan notified police of her 2004 assault after recognizing Brückner throughout a video enchantment associated to McCann’s disappearance, the Irish Examiner reported. The space the place she was raped, Praia da Rocha, is roughly 15 miles from the world the place Brückner was dwelling on the time of McCann’s disappearance.
Brückner is now serving jail time in Germany for raping an American woman in Praia da Luz in 2005. Authorities named him final 12 months because the chief suspect in McCann’s disappearance.
Police reopened Behan’s case final summer season. Behan instructed the Guardian round that point that Brückner’s assault on the American woman was just like the one she had skilled.
The investigation into Brückner comes on the 14th anniversary of McCann’s disappearance and simply over every week earlier than her 18th birthday. In a Monday Facebook submit, McCann’s mother and father stated they “hang on to the hope” that their daughter continues to be alive and are “truly grateful” for the assist they’ve obtained.
“As we have said repeatedly, we need to know what has happened to our lovely daughter, no matter what,” they wrote. “We are very grateful to the police for their continued efforts.”