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German police dig through garden in McCann investigation

Associated Press

Berlin – German police investigating the disappearance of British girl Madeleine McCann in Portugal in 2007 searched a garden plot Tuesday in the northern city of Hannover in connection with their probe, prosecutors said.

Julia Meyer, a spokeswoman for the prosecutor’s office in Braunschweig, confirmed local media reports that police investigators had been at the site since Monday with an excavator in connection with the case.

“The procedure is taking place in connection with our investigation regarding Maddie McCann,” she told The Associated Press.

Germany police officers search an allotment garden plot in Seelze, near Hannover, Germany, Tuesday July 28, 2020.  Police have begun searching an allotment garden plot, believed to be in connection with the 2007 disappearance of missing British girl Madeleine McCann.

Meyer said she could not give any further details on the procedure, adding only that police would “still need some more time to finish.”

McCann was 3 at the time of her 2007 disappearance from an apartment while her family vacationed in the seaside town of Praia da Luz in Portugal’s Algarve region.

German authorities said last month they had identified a 43-year-old German citizen as a suspect in the McCann case and are investigating him on suspicion of murder.

The suspect, who is currently in prison in Germany, spent many years in Portugal, including in Praia da Luz around the time of McCann’s disappearance, and has two previous convictions for “sexual contact with girls,” authorities have said.

Authorities have not released the suspect’s name, but he has been widely identified by German media as Christian B.

He was last registered living in Germany in the city of Braunschweig, which is about 40 miles from Hannover.