A hidden cellar was found on Wednesday in the former home of a German police suspect who may have murdered Madeleine McCann, a three-year-old British girl who disappeared in 2007.
Authorities surveyed garden land on the outskirts of Hanover in northern Germany for the third day in a row with dogs, digging up the area and setting up a tent over the land as they dug deeper into the ground. According to Sky News, German police found a cellar after digging a hole 15 meters wide in the garden of an isolated cottage.
McCann was 3 years old when she disappeared from an apartment in the seaside town of Praia da Luz in the Portuguese region of the Algarve, where her family was on vacation.
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The suspect, described by the German media as Christian B., apparently spent several years in Portugal, including Praia da Luz, when McCann disappeared.
Prosecutors linked him to a van for caravans seen in the Algarve region in 2007, and on the day McCann was taken, he was considered a resort.
One of the police theories is that the suspect kidnapped McCann and took her back to Germany with him, which is a journey longer than 24 hours, Sky News reported.
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He was fired by authorities last month and is now in prison in Germany.
Police said they had two previous convictions for “sexual contact with girls.”
In early June, prosecutors announced that they “assume the girl is dead,” but the search for crucial evidence in this case continues.
Her parents are still hoping to be alive.
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McCann’s parents told the authorities that their daughter had disappeared after they left her and her twins slept in their holiday complex while they dined with friends at a nearby restaurant.
“All we ever wanted was to find her, uncover the truth and bring those responsible to justice,” Kate and Gerry McCann said in a June statement to Sky News. “We will never give up hope that Madeleine will be alive, but whatever the outcome, we need to know how we need to find peace. ‘ “
The Associated Press contributed to this report.