Madeleine McCann suspect Christian Brueckner hid huge stash of child pornography, girl’s bathing suits in mobile home: Report

German authorities reportedly found thousands of images of child pornography in the mobile home belonging to a new suspect in the 2007 disappearance of Madeleine McCann.

Citing a German news documentary on Spiegel TV, The Sun reports that authorities in Germany had searched the mobile home of Christian Brueckner, now in prison in Germany, in 2016 as part of a probe into the disappearances of multiple children.

Brueckner, 43, was recently named the prime suspect in Madeleine’s disappearance in 2017. The girl, then 3, is believed to have been kidnapped from a hotel room in Praia de Luz, Portgual, as her parents dined nearby on the hotel property. Brueckner has a criminal history of sexual violence involving child victims, and as CrimeOnline previously reported, is being investigated in connection to another long-missing child, in addition to the 1998 murder of a 13-year-old boy in Germany.

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According to the report, investigators found a cache of 8,000 images depicting child pornography in Brueckner’s mobile home in 2016; along with a stash of girl’s bathing suits. Friends of the suspects interviewed for the news program reportedly said that Brueckner traveled between Germany, Portugal, and Spain in the mobile home and claimed he could use it to transport drugs and children.

“‘I can transport children, kids, in this space. Drugs and children, you can transport them in this van, it’s a safe space in the van, nobody can find them. Nobody can catch you,'” a former friend reportedly claimed Brueckner told them.

Earlier this week, the Sydney Herald reported that Brueckner has denied having anything to do with Madeleine’s disappearance, speaking through his lawyers. 

Additionally, a lead German prosecutor told the Daily Mail that a letter had been sent to Madeleine’s parents Kate and Gerry McCann, informing them that their daughter is believed to be dead. The missing girl’s parents issued a statement denying they had received such a letter.

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