In a development confirmed by Portuguese authorities on Thursday, the extensive search operation in the case of the missing British girl, Madeleine McCann, has come to an end.
The most recent efforts in this 16-year-long quest concluded on Thursday after the police conducted searches and collected undisclosed samples in the vicinity of the Arada Dam reservoir and its surrounding areas in Portugal.
The police have not disclosed whether any significant leads were uncovered during the intensive three-day search, which involved the deployment of sniffer dogs, utilization of a tractor-based tree-cutter, and meticulous investigation of cleared ground in select small zones.
Officials stated that the search “led to the retrieval of certain materials,” which will undergo analysis. However, there is no indication that any definitive findings have emerged. It is worth noting that the search was initiated at the behest of German authorities.
Madeleine McCann was only three years old when she disappeared in 2007 from her family’s holiday apartment in the Algarve resort region of Portugal. At the time, she and her two-year-old twin siblings were left sleeping in the apartment while their parents, Gerry and Kate McCann, dined with friends at a nearby restaurant.
In 2022, German prosecutors officially named Christian Brueckner as a suspect in McCann’s disappearance. Brueckner, a convicted child abuser and drug dealer, is currently incarcerated in Germany for the rape of a 72-year-old woman in the same vicinity of the Algarve.
Brueckner vehemently denies any involvement in the girl’s disappearance, and no trace of Madeleine’s body has been discovered thus far.