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Portuguese Authorities Announce Formal Suspect In Madeleine McCann Case

Portuguese prosecutors have stated that a man has been formally identified as a suspect in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann 15 years ago.

It is the first time Portuguese prosecutors have identified an official suspect in the case since Kate and Gerry McCann, Madeleine's parents, who were named suspects in 2007 and later cleared.

The German man was confirmed as a formal suspect by prosecutors in Faro, Algarve's main city. 

In a statement, they confirmed the man was identified as a suspect by German authorities at their request. 

The timing of the move could be related to Portugal’s 15-year statute of limitations for crimes with a maximum prison sentence of 10 years or more. 

Madeleine disappeared on 3 May 2007, while on holiday with her parents in Praia da Luz in Portugal.

German police said in June 2020 that Madeleine was assumed dead and that the formal suspect was likely responsible for it. 

However, British officers continue to treat it as a missing person case, and her parents “still hope” Madeleine is alive.

The suspect lived in the Algarve between 1995 and 2007 and burgled hotels and holiday flats, according to court documents seen by Reuters in 2020.

Police are also examining whether he has any links to other child disappearances in the area.