New suspect identified in Madeleine McCann disappearance

A German child sex offender may have kidnapped Madeleine McCann after breaking into her family's holiday apartment in Portugal, police have said.

The suspect, who has not been named, is described as white with short blond hair, possibly fair, and about 6ft tall with a slim build at the time she vanished on May 3 2007.

Hotel

Mr Hoppe said German police have not ruled out a sexual motive, but added that the suspect may have broken into an apartment in the Ocean Club complex in Praia da Luz - where Madeleine was on holiday with her parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, and her twin siblings Sean and Amelie - before spontaneously kidnapping her.

Camper Van

The suspect has been linked to an early 1980s VW T3 Westfalia camper van - with a white upper body and yellow skirting, registered in Portugal - which was pictured in the Algarve in 2007.

Scotland Yard said he was driving the vehicle in the Praia da Luz area in the days before Madeleine's disappearance and is believed to have been living in it for days or weeks before and after May 3.

Madeleine

Detective Chief Inspector Mark Cranwell, said that he was taking the "really unusual" step of releasing two mobile phone numbers as part of the appeal.

The first, (+351) 912 730 680, is believed to have been used by the suspect and received a call from another Portuguese mobile, (+351) 916 510 683, while in the Praia da Luz area, starting at 7.32pm and ending at 8.02pm on the night of May 3 2007.

Kate and Gerry McCann

In a statement from Madeleine's parents, pictured here in 2017, they said they "welcome the appeal today regarding the disappearance of our daughter Madeleine. We would like to thank the police forces involved for their continued efforts in the search for Madeleine."

"All we have ever wanted is to find her, uncover the truth and bring those responsible to justice."

"We will never give up hope of finding Madeleine alive, but whatever the outcome may be, we need to know as we need to find peace."

"We would like to thank the general public for their ongoing support and encourage anyone who has information directly related to the appeal to contact police."