Footage shows Madeleine McCann suspect's 'secret lair' in Germany

New footage shows a run-down factory site used by Christian Brueckner, the prime suspect in the Madeleine McCann case.

The former crate factory in northern Germany is where police allegedly found USB sticks and hard drives with nearly 8,000 child abuse images buried with a dead dog while investigating the disappearance of another young girl in 2016.

The 43-year-old has been variously reported as having lived at the property or spending several hours a day there until a few days after Inga Gehricke went missing in 2015, aged five.

Police also found girls’ swimming costumes and children’s clothes in a motorhome at the site.

It is thought to be the same vehicle Brueckner was using in 2007, when Madeleine disappeared aged three, and that he later told friends was ideal for ‘hiding drugs and children’.

Video of the dilapidated factory in the town of Neuwegersleben is shown on the latest edition of Australian crime programme 60 Minutes.

German prosecutors told the programme yesterday they concluded Maddie was no longer alive within the last two years.

Lead prosecutor Hans Christian Wolters added: ‘We have strong evidence that Madeleine McCann is dead and that our suspect killed her.’

‘We don’t have the body and no parts of the body, but we have enough evidence to say our suspect killed Madeleine McCann.’

Mr Wolters declined to say whether images of Madeleine were found in the stash of hard drives.

It is not known whether the crucial pieces of evidence relate to any of the already-publicised finds at the lair.

The prosecutor also said a mobile phone linked to Brueckner was used near the McCanns’ holiday flat in Praia da Luz, Portugal, on the night their daughter disappeared on May 3, 2007.

Brueckner was jailed for the images found in 2016 but he was never charged in the disappearance of five-year-old Inga.

He is currently in jail in Germany for supplying drugs, and may have another seven-year sentence added if he loses his appeal against a conviction for raping a 72-year-old woman in 2005.

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