What happened to 'Germany's Madeleine' Inga Gehricke and when did she go missing?

THE German paedo suspected of murdering Madeleine McCann is being investigated over a second missing girl.

Cops are revisiting their initial investigation of Christian B, in relation to the 2015 disappearance of a five-year-old girl in Germany, say prosecutors in the northern town of Stendal.

Who is Inga Gehricke?

Inga Gehricke, five, has been known as the “German Madeleine” since she suddenly disappeared without trace in Germany five years ago.

When did she go missing?

Inga went missing on May 2, 2015, from a forest in Schönebeck, Saxony-Anhalt, during a barbecue.

At the time of her disappearance, the girl was visiting the Wilhelmshof district of Stendal.

She went to collect wood for a campfire with other children in the forest.

But, Inga did not return, and there’s been no sign of her ever since.

Why has her disappearance been linked to Madeleine McCann?

Like Madeleine’s case, there has been no trace of missing Inga.

A search with tracking dogs and police helicopters proved unsuccessful.

Cops were left none the wiser despite more than 1,000 helpers, including firefighters and police officers, searching for her.

They turned up no clues as to her whereabouts.

Police said at the time that they suspected the girl was kidnapped.

Head of the investigation, Reimar Klockziem, told reporters in Germany that her disappearance was “inexplicable and unbelievable”.

It was as if Inga had been "beamed away from the world”, he said.

Bunte pointed out in May, 2020, that “only a few missing persons cases are not cleared up in Germany for a long time. One of them is that of Inga.”

The publication spoke to profiler Axel Petermann, who said there was “no recognisable motive, no crime scene, no traces of a crime, and no body.”

Now, though, the new suspect in the Madeleine McCann case is being investigated over the disappearance of the five-year-old.

Christian B, 43, has now been unmasked as the prime suspect in the British child's disappearance in Praia da Luz, Portugal 13 years ago.

We are now able to show his picture in full in the UK after it was published in a major German newspaper – as cops in both countries appeal for anyone who knows him to come forward.

It has since been claimed Christian B booked a parking space in a rest area less than 60 miles from the spot where Inga disappeared – at the same time – near Schönebeck.

Nine months later, his ramshackle farmhouse in Neuwegersleben was raided in February 2016 in connection with the little girl's disappearance.

Officers found indecent images and it also emerged Christian B had no alibi for the day of Inga's disappearance, Bild reported.

But the line of inquiry was never pursued and the case on Christian B was closed shortly after.

The suspect is reportedly serving a seven-year prison sentence in the German port city of Kiel.

This is for the rape of a 72-year-old American woman in Portugal in 2005 after he was convicted of rape at Braunschweig District Court in December last year.

Der Spiegel reported his criminal record contains a total of 17 entries.

These include a conviction for the sexual abuse of a child in 1994 when he was aged 17, and a 2016 conviction for abusing another child and possession of child sex abuse images.

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