New grisly details emerge in Madeleine McCann's disappearance

Police have discovered buried hard drives and USB sticks containing ‘thousands’ of images and videos at an abandoned property of the convicted sex offender suspected of killing Madeleine McCann.

Earlier this month Christian Brueckner, 43, was named as the prime suspect in the disappearance of the British three-year-old in 2007, with prosecutors believing Madeleine was killed soon after he abducted her from a holiday apartment in the Portuguese resort of Praia da Luz.

And while German police have been unable to find Madeleine’s body, lead investigator Hans Christian Wolters told Channel Nine’s 60 Minutes the current evidence they have indicates she was killed by Brueckner.

The abandoned property of Brueckner which police have since made discoveries at. Source: 60 Minutes
Computer screens located at the property. Source: 60 Minutes

"We have strong evidence that Madeleine McCann is dead and that our suspect killed her," Wolters said.

"We don't have the body and no parts of the body, but we have enough evidence to say our suspect killed Madeleine McCann."

The evidence could be linked to a secret lair of Brueckner’s in the German village of Neuwegers­leben, where police discovered hard drives and USB sticks hidden in a plastic bag buried with his dog, News Corp reported.

They reportedly found about 8,000 digital items including pictured and videos which allegedly document some of his alleged crimes.

Also on the property, Brueckner’s American campervan was discovered with the swimsuits of little girls inside.

Christian Brueckner pictured in Italy in 2018, under an international warrant for drug trafficking and on charges of other crimes. Source: AP

However Wolters declined to comment further on whether their discovery at the abandoned property were connected to Madeleine’s case.

"At the moment, I'm not allowed to comment on that. So I'm not able to say if there are pictures or if there are no pictures of Madeleine," he said.

Wolters also revealed a mobile phone number registered in Brueckner’s name connected to the mast of the Ocean Club where Madeleine was staying on the night of her disappearance.

Madeleine McCann disappeared in 2007. Source: Met Police

According to 60 Minutes, in 2013, six years after Madeleine’s disappearance, German police found messages in a paedophile chat room allegedly saying “... want to f*** a little girl.”

Police believe the messages were from Brueckner.

Wolters said he believes there are more victims of the German.

Brueckner is currently in jail in Germany for drug dealing, and is appealing against a conviction for the 2005 rape of a 72-year-old woman, also at Praia da Luz.

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