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Madeleine McCann suspect pictured ‘in abandoned factory where he stored child porn’

The prime suspect in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann has been pictured inside an abandoned factory where he stored child porn. 

Christian Brueckner, 44, can be seen standing in the rubbish-strewn and graffitied warehouse in Neuwegersleben where police later found USB sticks containing images of child abuse.

Danish TV journalists were shown the image by one of Brueckner’s ex-girlfriends, now 62, as part of investigations into the paedophile and his links to Maddie’s case.

Christian Brueckner has been pictured inside an abandoned factory where police later discovered he had buried a stash of child porn

Christian Brueckner has been pictured inside an abandoned factory where police later discovered he had buried a stash of child porn

The image will feature in a new documentary, Prime Suspect: The Madeleine McCann Case, which will air tonight on Discovery Plus.

Brueckner’s ex, identified in the three-part film only as M, said she met him in 2009 while he was living in a motorhome in Germany after returning from the Algarve.

M said she agreed to go with Brueckner after he offered to let her live in the motorhome, before he showed her the inside of the disused box factory. 

She recalled him asking her to take photos of him in the building and said he wanted her ‘to do the place up’. 

‘He then started drinking more and more and he would come home at 2 and 3 in the morning. By this time I had had too much’ and she split up with him, she says.

German police searched the factory site in 2016 while investigating Brueckner over the disappearance of another girl – Inga Gehricke, known as the ‘German Maddie’.

During the search police uncovered a red and white RV parked on land which Brueckner had bought at auction six years earlier.

Inside, officers found a stash of girls’ swimming costumes, despite the fact that Brueckner does not have any children. 

The image was revealed by one of Brueckner's ex-girlfriends, who lived with him in a nearby motorhome for a time (pictured, the vehicle where they are thought to have stayed)

The image was revealed by one of Brueckner's ex-girlfriends, who lived with him in a nearby motorhome for a time (pictured, the vehicle where they are thought to have stayed)

The image was revealed by one of Brueckner’s ex-girlfriends, who lived with him in a nearby motorhome for a time (pictured, the vehicle where they are thought to have stayed) 

Police searching the motorhome years later while investigating the disappearance of German girl Inga Gehricke found a stash of girls' swimming costumes inside

Police searching the motorhome years later while investigating the disappearance of German girl Inga Gehricke found a stash of girls' swimming costumes inside

Police searching the motorhome years later while investigating the disappearance of German girl Inga Gehricke found a stash of girls’ swimming costumes inside 

Those who knew the convicted paedophile said he had previously bragged that he could hide ‘drugs and children’ inside the van.

It is unclear when exactly he bought the vehicle, a 30-year-old Tiffin Allegro, but he was known to drive it between Germany and Portugal, where Maddie vanished.

Police have previously released images and a description of another van – a yellow and white VW camper – which he is thought to have owned around the time that Maddie disappeared, in 2007. 

Also during the factory search, police found USB drives containing 8,000 images – mostly depicting child porn and other abuse – which had been buried.

The drives were wrapped in a plastic bag and were in a shallow grave that also contained the body of Brueckner’s dog, which had died some time earlier.

Brueckner, now 43, was convicted of possessing the child porn but not charged in relation to Inga.

German prosecutors have also said they believe Brueckner kidnapped and killed Madeleine, though have not charged him with the crime. 

German prosecutors have identified Brueckner as the prime suspect in Madeleine's disappearance, but have not yet charged him and are appealing for more information

German prosecutors have identified Brueckner as the prime suspect in Madeleine's disappearance, but have not yet charged him and are appealing for more information

German prosecutors have identified Brueckner as the prime suspect in Madeleine’s disappearance, but have not yet charged him and are appealing for more information 

Brueckner has a long history of offending including convictions for child abuse that date back as far as 1994, and was known to frequent the Algarve

Brueckner has a long history of offending including convictions for child abuse that date back as far as 1994, and was known to frequent the Algarve

Brueckner has a long history of offending including convictions for child abuse that date back as far as 1994, and was known to frequent the Algarve

They are currently appealing for anyone who knows Brueckner and was around the resort of Praia da Luz on the night of May 3, when Maddie vanished, to contact them.

Prosecutors also claim to be in possession of evidence that Madeleine is dead, but have yet to reveal what it is. 

Brueckner is currently serving a seven-and-a-half year sentence in a German prison for the 2005 rape of an American tourist in the Algarve.

He has previously been convicted of molesting a six-year-old girl in his native Germany, and has convictions for drug smuggling.

Brueckner’s lawyer Friedrich Fulscher says his client has denied any involvement in Madeleine’s disappearance. 


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