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Who is the prime suspect in Madeleine McCann case?

Who is the prime suspect in Madeleine McCann case?

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Information has been released regarding a man that has been named a person of interest in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, the 3-year-old that was taken from her bed at a Portugal vacation resort in Praia da Luz where her family was staying in the summer of 2007.

As I read more and more information about this particular person, I can’t help but think that the police have got it right this time.

While going over my older write ups on this story, I cam across one that I wanted to bring to everyone’s attention

Marcellino Italiano, a self-proclaimed amateur sleuth stated back in 2011 that he felt that Madeleine had been taken by a pedophile ring in Belgium that ordered a young girl 3 days before she went missing.  It is believed that someone in this ring, saw Maddie, took her photo and sent it to Belgium and when they were told that Maddie was suitable, she was taken.

Italiano also named who he felt had Maddie after she passed to the person that “ordered her,” but the names were never revealed.  Portuguese police and Interpol were unable to unearth further details about Italiano’s claims and the story soon died.  

But the info about the named suspect, Christian Stefan Brueckner, who was born in German, doesn’t show him working with anyone else, and his crimes seemed to benefit only him. 

Christian Stefan Brueckner

As more information comes about about Christian, information puts him in Algarve between 1995 and 2007 where he had jobs which included catering, and had been known to commit burglaries in hotels. Recently, we learned that he is a suspect in the disappearance of a 6-year-old boy, Rene Hasse in Portugal in 1996 and a 5-year-old girl, Inga Genricke in Stendal, Germany in 2015.  He is also linked to a murder of 16-year-old Carola Titze who went missing in 1996. He also raped a widow in Praia da Luz in 2005.

The police have announced that there was a phone call made an hour before Maddie went missing and Scotland Yard is investigating.  The phone call was 30 minutes long and came from a man named Diogo Silva, according to Portuguese Daily Journal de Notices.  The authorities have even released the phones numbers, in order to receive tips from the public.  The first number registered to Diogo SILVA is 351-916-510-683.  The other number 351-912-730-680, and belonged to Christian. He was known to be at the resort around 9 p.m. that fateful night.  He took a call from Diogo Silva that lasted 30 minutes while at the resort.  I did a little research on this name and number and located a man that worked at the Ocean Club during that time. Could the number belong to an employee and for some reason he was calling Christian? Were they partners in crime, or was it a simple call from an employee to a guest at the motel?:

We also know that Christian owned a camper van and was living in it, in the weeks before Maddie went missing and he also drove a dark Jaguar. Christian sold the van to a breaker’s yard for £4,500 in 2015. reports the police acquired the VW T3 Westfalia van from the yard some 25 miles inland from Praia da Luz in 2019.

Christian timeline:  (Updates as new information comes in). You can find this time line on Missing Persons of America’s website.

Born 1976 as Christian Fischer


Conviced of burglary in Wuerzburg in 1992

1993 sentenced for multiple thefts and driving without a license

Christian lived at a facility for young people with learning difficulties until 1994.  

September 1993, when he was 17, he sexually abused a girl in a playground in Wuerzburg, Bavaria.

May 1994, three days before he was due to answer in court for the offense, he attempted to assault a nine-year-old girl. He was given a two-year suspended jail term. 

1995 he fled to Portugal with his girlfriend.  Rented a home in May 1995 in Praia de Luz.

Was stated in lived in Algarve tween 1995 and 2007. He took many odd jobs, including working at bars and also committed burglaries in hotels.

Murder of 16-year-old Carola Titze who went missing in July 1996 from De Haan Belgium. 

Disappearance of a 6-year-old boy, Rene Hasse, in Portugal in 1996

Lived in Portugal from 1999 to 2006, and was seen living in Lagos at different campsites in 2000.

In 2004, 6-year-old Joanna Cipriano disappears from Figueira, which is 7 miles from Praia Da Luz. Her mother and uncle were found guilty. Many believe that the mother and uncle were not guilty and were beaten until they confessed, by the same police that later handled the McCann case.

Raped a 72-year-old widow in Casa Jacaranda in Praia da Luz in 2005, and DNA and video showed he was the rapist.

In 2006, rented a home in Monte Judeu, called the Old School. .

A campervvan parked near Brueckner’s former home
German police and Scotland Yard are now probing the possibility Brueckner ditched the vehicle at the familiar site after kidnapping the British infant, according to the Daily Mail.

February 2007 was seen living in his camper.

2007 to 2008 Christian lived in Floral, which is an hour away  from Praia da Luz.

2007 he moved to Dresden, Augsburg.  Lived in a caravan in Hanover traveling to Sylt and Munich.

2008 traded drugs on the island of Sylt. 

In 2009, he was a suspect in the murder of Monika Paqwlak, 24, who was found in two blue plastic bags in the Ihme River in Hanover.

In 2011, he was handed down a suspended sentence of one year and nine months, for starting a drug operation in 2007 of supplying marijuana to the German island resort of Sylt, when he travelled there in 2007-2008.

Christian ran a small store selling drinks and snacks in the northern German town of Braunschweig between 2012 and 2014.

Police in Braunschweig sent a report about him being a prime suspect in 2013, but the German authorities “ignored it,” according to

I also found information that he owned a kiosk in Braunschweig, Germany between 2014 and 2016. I am not sure I this is the same as the small store or a separate business.

Suspect in the disappearance of  5-year-old girl, INGA GEHRICKE in Stendal, Germany in 2015. 

In 2016, Braunschweig authorities wanted to send Bruecknert to prison for a case of sexual abuse of a child, but he flew to Portugal. Later he was extradited to Germany in 2017, and he was released from jail by mistake in 2018.

In 2017, a tip to police, brought Christian to their attention. Christian had stated to drinking buddies he knew all about what happened to Maddie.

Christian went to the Netherlands because he knew he was being watched by the police.  When the Dutch police began to follow him, he went to Italy.  He was arrested in Italy and extradited back to Germany.

Christian is currently in prison in Kiel in northern Germany for rape. Although other media states he was in jail for drugs. A German newspaper Braunschweiger Zeitung reported the suspect was carrying out a seven-year prison sentence for the rape of a 72-year-old American woman in Portugal , that I mentioned earlier, in 2005 and had been convicted in Dec. 2019.

More information on this story as it comes in.


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