DEVELOPING: Active police search of field in Germany linked to disappearance of Madeleine McCann

Investigators are searching an outdoor location in Germany in connection the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, weeks after a German-born felon was named the prime suspect in her suspected murder.

Citing Newswire and German news outlets, the New York Post reports that officials with the Federal Criminal Police Office are searching a field in Hanover Tuesday in connection to the 2007 disappearance.

The girl, then three years old, was vacationing with her family in Praia de Luz, Portugal, when she was kidnapped from her hotel room while her parents were dining with friends at a restaurant on the hotel property, a short distance away.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, prosecutors named Christian Brueckner, a convicted pedophile currently in prison in Germany, as the prime suspect in the long-unsolved case. Investigators had learned that Brueckner was in the Praia de Luz at the time of McCann’s disappearance, and had reportedly transferred ownership of one of his vehicles to another person the day after McCann disappeared.

As the New York Post report notes, investigators have collected some evidence suggesting Brueckner killed the little girl, but apparently do not have enough evidence to charge him with murder or kidnapping.

This is a developing story. CrimeOnline will provide further updates when more information is available.

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