Police have reportedly identified a new prime suspect in the case of Madeleine McCann, the British girl who disappeared from bed at a Portuguese resort 13 years ago.
The suspect, who is currently under separate charges in a German prison, was not named.
British police officers believe he was traveling through Portugal in the area where the little girl, then 3, was last seen in May 2007, the BBC reported.
Police said she exposed important information about the man after making an appeal to the public in 2017, on the 10th anniversary of her disappearance.
They appeal to the public to receive information about a motorhome in which the man drove or his other vehicle, a Jaguar, which he transferred to someone else̵
Police said the now 43-year-old suspect visited the Algarve between 1995 and 2007, stayed in his RV for “days”, and led a “temporary lifestyle.”
They believe he was near the Praia da Luz resort on the evening of May 3rd. And he had a call that ended just an hour before the girl was missing in the room where she slept with her younger twin siblings. Her parents ate at a nearby tapas restaurant, The Guardian reported.
The police provided details of the phone number used by the man and the numbers from which he had been called. It is described as having short blonde hair and about 6 feet tall.
“Someone out there knows a lot more than he wants to admit,” said DCI Mark Cranwell, who heads the Met investigation.
Parents Kate and Gerry McCann released a statement welcoming the authorities’ call for information.
“All we ever wanted to do was find them, uncover the truth, and bring those responsible to justice,” they said. “We will never give up hope of finding Madeleine alive, but whatever the result, we need to know how to find peace.”
Madeleine would have been 17 on May 12.