By Tony Winterburn • 19 June 2020 • 13:42
A BLUE Bedford van that prime suspect Christian Brueckner owned at the time she went missing was impounded for the non-payment of a fine for stealing fuel and later crushed before it could be searched for evidence, German police investigating the case are left dumb-founded why the van wasn’t searched or kept at the pound for evidence as Christian B was known to the Portuguese police at the time.
German drifter Brueckner used to live and sleep in the van on the beach near Praia da Luz between February and April 2006 while he was unemployed and homeless, the van sat idle in the police car pound in Portimao before it was finally destroyed in May 2009.
Brueckner boasted how he could hide and transport children in a camper van just months before Madeleine disappeared. The German drifter allegedly made the comment to the father of a female friend who lived in a village 40 miles from Praia da Luz.
Showing off his van Brueckner bragged: “I can transport children in this. Nobody can find them, nobody can catch you.” Bruecker was already known to have owned one camper van – and a Jaguar car – while he was in Portugal.
Slow to react
Some of those who knew the German suspect during his time in Portugal have criticised the investigation as “very slow,” saying that they were only approached by police – either British or Portuguese – in the past year or two.
Several people remembered Christian B as angry and untrustworthy, with one neighbour saying he squatted in a nearby house without paying rent and left it ‘ransacked’ in a terrible state when he departed, two years before Madeleine’s disappearance.
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