Hanover | German police ended their searches on Wednesday in a allotment garden near Hanover, linked to the recently relaunched investigation into the disappearance of little Briton Maddie McCann in May 2007 in Portugal, without giving details.
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Using several sniffer dogs and backhoes, investigators spent the day combing through a small patch of greenery in this housing estate west of Hanover, in northern Germany.
Large quantities of earth and stones were transported outside the well-crisscrossed site by many members of the police, according to an AFP photographer.
The search came to a halt in the late afternoon after a police drone flew over the area. According to the Bild newspaper, they are not expected to resume on Thursday.
Investigators have not yet given any details on the result of their research started the day before, or even explained what they were looking for precisely.
Several media claim that they have unearthed the foundations of an old house including a cellar.
According to the local newspaper Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung (HAZ), a dog was able to get into a cavity under an old floor slab.
The tenant of a neighboring plot told the daily Bild that the cellar had been around for a long time. It would not have been covered when the garden shed located on the plot was demolished at the end of 2007.
Asked by AFP, a spokesperson for the Brunswick prosecutor’s office, in charge of the investigation, did not want to comment on the ongoing operations.
This case experienced a sudden acceleration in early June with the identification of a new suspect, Christian B., 43, a German repetitive pedophile already convicted of rape in Portugal and currently in detention for another case.
According to HAZ, he lived in Hanover in mid-2007, shortly after Maddie’s disappearance. He would then have frequented this working garden.
“In fact, he was discreet, he was always friendly and did his gardening”, explained to the German agency dpa the manager of this housing estate, Jürgen Krumstroh.
The latter had just found his departure from the allotment garden colony strange: “He announced his resignation to me in the afternoon, got into his car full of luggage and after that, I never heard from him again. talk about him ”.
German investigators are convinced that Madeleine McCann, who disappeared 13 years ago and was then three years old, is dead.