Wednesday, 30 Sep 2020

Madeleine McCann: Prosecutor’s letter to parents says there is ‘concrete evidence’ she is dead

A German prosecutor has written to the parents of Madeleine McCann telling them he has “concrete evidence” she is dead.

Hans Christian Wolters said in a letter to Kate and Gerry McCann that he has no doubt their daughter is dead, but he refused to tell them why.

He told them that to reveal the evidence would jeopardise his investigation into the German suspect known as Christian B.

It follows calls from a Portuguese mayor for criminal associates of the suspect to reveal if they know what happened to Madeleine.

The suspect, who is serving sentences for rape and drugs in a jail near Hamburg, has yet to be questioned about the child, who vanished from her family’s holiday apartment in Portugal in 2007.

Mr Wolters revealed that he had sent the letter in an interview with British newspaper reporters in Braunschweig, where he is leading the investigation.

The Daily Mail reported the prosecutor said he hadn’t even shared key evidence with Scotland Yard and the Portuguese police who are also investigating the case.

He told the Mail: “We have been quite clear throughout we are investigating a murder and we have the evidence for that.

“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.”

Last week in an interview with Sky News, the parents’ Lisbon lawyer Rogerio Alves challenged the prosecutor to tell them everything he knew.

The McCanns’ spokesman Clarence Mitchell said the family would not discuss private correspondence and it wasn’t clear if they had yet received the prosecutor’s letter.

Meanwhile, the mayor of Lagos, Hugo Pereira, urged Christian B’s associates to suspend their natural hostility to the police and provide information.

He told Sky News: “People with a criminal background don’t deal readily with the authorities, but I appeal to such friends of the suspect to tell anything they know.

“If they don’t want to speak directly to police, then they can email the information anonymously, if that’s the way to understanding what happened.”

Senhor Pereira added: “This is a crime involving a missing child and whatever your background I appeal to your conscience to help us solve a case that has puzzled everyone in Europe and beyond.

“Just because you are a criminal, it doesn’t mean you can’t or shouldn’t help the authorities.”

Senhor Pereira said he had no idea whether Christian B was responsible for Madeleine’s disappearance, but anyone with information about him should tell police what they know.

He insisted that the region of Lagos, which covers Praia da Luz, was and still is a safe holiday destination for families with young children.

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