German paedo who is chief suspect in Maddie case ‘discussed her disappearance in internet chatroom’ – The Sun
A GERMAN paedophile who has emerged as the prime suspect in Madeleine McCann's disappearance discussed the case in an online chatroom, it's been alleged.
The 43-year-old prisoner, who has not been named by British cops, first appeared on the radar of German police in 2013 – but was not a suspect among the 600 people of interest in the Met Police investigation.
That all changed on the tenth anniversary of the disappearance in 2017, when a major appeal for information led to police receiving "significant" information.
The suspect was living in a campervan in Praia da Luz in Portugal around the time the youngster vanished on May 3, 2007.
German cops believe the prolific burglar, who has previous convictions for sex crimes against young girls, may have first gone to raid the room before he "moved on to a sexual motive".
Goncalo Amaral, the head of the original Portuguese investigation, said last year the focus of the inquiry was a German paedophile.
He claimed that the suspect had been ruled out of the inquiry in 2008 but later jailed in Germany for 'killing children'.
Now the former detective said: "Many years later, it appears that in an internet chatroom there is a conversation between that person and another person where they talk about Madeline," The Times reports.
The Metropolitan Police also revealed a 30-minute call was made to his Portuguese phone around an hour before the three-year-old is feared to have been snatched from her holiday apartment as parents Kate and Gerry dined with pals nearby.
German cops are treating Maddie’s disappearance as murder – though the Met Police are still investigating the case as a missing person inquiry because there is “no definitive information” whether she is dead or alive.
They also believe the suspect could have had an accomplice who may know where Maddie’s body is.
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