The case of missing British toddler Madeleine McCann, who vanished from an apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal, while her parents were eating dinner nearby with friends, has a new development after thirteen years. German police officers have reportedly written to Kate and Gerry McCann, Madeleine's parents, saying they have evidence that their daughter was killed.
Her death is now being investigated as a murder case. "I sympathise with the parents but if we reveal more details to them it might jeopardise the investigation," said Hans Christian Wolters, a prosecutor in the case.
He added that the McCanns had not yet responded to the letter. "We of course really consider the fact that it is going to be very hard for the family when we tell them that we assume Madeleine is dead," he said, according to a new Sky News report.
"This is a murder case not a missing persons case. We have been quite clear throughout we are investigating a murder and we have the evidence for that," Wolters continued. "We can understand the pain of the parents – and they want relief – but it is better for them that we have a clear and successful conclusion to the case."
The suspect in question is thought to be a convicted German sex offender, known only as Christian B, a 43-year-old who is currently serving jail time for rape and drug offences.
New reports have also claimed that police will begin searching wells around the former rented home of Christian B – not far from the holiday apartment that the McCanns were staying in at the time of Madeleine's disappearance.
The mayor of the area that covers Praia da Luz, Hugo Pereira, asked any criminal associates of Christian B to suspend their dislike for the authorities and come forward if they have any helpful information or evidence that could aid the search for Madeleine's body.
"People with a criminal background don't deal readily with the authorities, but I appeal to such friends of the suspect to tell anything they know. If they don't want to speak directly to police, then they can email the information anonymously, if that's the way to understanding what happened."
Clarence Mitchell, the McCanns' spokesperson, said the family would not discuss private correspondence and it wasn't clear if they'd yet received the letter in question.
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