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German cops ‘not told by Portuguese police’ about fresh Madeleine McCann searches and ‘don’t know what prompted them’

GERMAN prosecutors probing the Madeleine McCann case were not told that Portuguese police had carried out fresh searches for her last week.

Investigators in Portugal – where the toddler went missing in 2007 – sent divers into three wells near where suspect Christian B used to hang out.

Yet, Braunschweig public prosecutor Hans Christian Wolters said he was not contacted about the searches on Thursday and does not know what prompted them, reports for the Mirror.

He said: “I read about it, but the measures were not taken in consultation with us.

“The Portuguese police are investigating themselves. We don’t know what knowledge they are based on.”

He added: “We’re in contact with Portuguese and British colleagues, but do not talk to each other all the time."


Mr Wolters, who is in charge of the probe into the German suspect, believes cops in Portugal may have been given new information after the renewed interest in the infamous cold case.

The Portuguese investigation into the missing British child has been criticised in the past with accusations that police were desperate to pin the blame on parents Kate and Gerry.

Experts such as criminologist Heriberto Janosch Gonzalez have called for a joint probe between UK, German and Portuguese police.

He said: “The three main police authorities involved appear to be investigating independently, not sharing all data with one another.”

This comes as police are to search at least 20 more wells for Madeleine amid fears her body was dumped by paedophile Christian B.

New witnesses are being sought as Portuguese officers step up the probe following “convincing” information.

It is claimed Christian B could have dropped the body of the tot, snatched in 2007 just days before her fourth birthday, in an abandoned shaft.

Cops want to speak to anyone who saw the German when he parked his VW Westfalia van in the Algarve.

Three wells were searched last Thursday by a Portuguese police team, including divers.


A source said: “Those well searches are unlikely to be the last.

"They were the most obvious, close to Boca do Rio beach where Christian B stayed and next to the road.

"At least 20 more will need to be checked.”

Convicted child sex fiend Christian B, 43, is prime suspect in the disappearance of Madeleine from her Praia da Luz holiday apartment.

He is in a German jail for drug offences but may be freed on Wednesday.

Madeleine McCann’s parents are ‘on tenterhooks’ as Portuguese police launch new search

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