The main suspect in the Madeleine McCann disappearance worked at the resort where she was last seen, a documentary has claimed.
A new investigation into the young Brit suggests that convicted rapist Christian Brueckner carried out repair works at the Ocean Club in Praia da Luz, Portugal multiple times.
Maddie disappeared from the resort in 2007 and hasn’t been seen since. Her family still hope she will be found alive.
The German TV channel SAT.1 documentary claims that Brueckner, 44, was “very familiar” with Ocean Club, as well as surrounding parts of the Algarve.
When Maddie disappeared from the hotel room where her parents had left her, the rapist was no more than five minutes away – phone data analyses by SAT.1 suggests.
In letters reportedly from Brueckner, who is currently in prison for raping a pensioner, he admits to trafficking drugs in a battered hippy van around the time of the disappearance.
He denies claims that he abducted Maddie however, suggesting to do so would be “absurd… as starting a nuclear war or slaughtering a chicken.”
He wrote: “I was never caught by the police because I followed a few key principles.
“Where possible, only driving during the day so that my battered hippy bus didn’t attract attention, only driving on the roads I needed to and, most importantly never provoking the police.
“So that means not committing any crimes, certainly not abducting anyone.”
Brueckner was named as the prime suspect in the Maddie case in 2020 by German prosecutors.
They remain convinced he was responsible for the youngster’s disappearance, but have not brought any charges despite an intense investigation.
Brueckner claims he is happy to “sit back and relax and just wait for their findings.”
His lover at the time, Nicole Fehlinger, 44, says he told her he liked the bodies of pre-pubescent girls.
The documentary also makes claims that Brueckner swapped child abuse images and depraved online messages with an undertaker.
The mortician gave “a full confession” when quizzed by German police and admitted he was a “regular customer” of the convicted paedophile.
It is understood material he handed over to officers now forms part of evidence being used against Brueckner.
The undertaker, also a convicted sex offender, cannot be named for legal reasons – but he has spoken to the makers of a new documentary about the case, being shown tomorrow night on German TV channel Sat.1.
The film’s lead investigator Jutta Rabe told the Sunday People: “I’m not sure what he paid but he confirmed they regularly swapped material, all of which he has handed over to detectives.
“We haven’t been able to confirm if they were business partners but he insisted he… has completely mended his ways.”
The undertaker, who lives alone, said he was interviewed by the BKA – Germany’s FBI.
Miss Rabe said: “He was given a choice, ‘You either admit it and help us then go into therapy or go to prison’. He chose co-operation.”
The TV documentary also includes a reconstruction of the evening of the toddler’s disappearance.
It will be screened in Germany later today.