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Murder cops need ‘crucial’ evidence of Madeleine McCann’s body

Vanished: Madeleine McCann disappeared on holiday 13 years ago PICTURE: REX

GERMAN detectives say they have ‘evidence’ that Madeleine McCann was killed by suspect Christian Brueckner — but don’t know where her body is.

The ‘crucial’ piece of missing evidence means they don’t have enough to issue a warrant for the 43-year-old convicted child sex offender.

‘The hard evidence we don’t have, we don’t have the crucial evidence of Madeleine McCann’s body,’ Hans Christian Wolters, a spokesman for the Braunschweig public prosecutor’s office, told Sky News. ‘At the moment, we don’t have enough proof for a trial at court, but we have some evidence that the suspect has done the deed.’

Missing: Louise Kerton, from Kent

Madeleine disappeared from her family’s holiday apartment at the Ocean Club in Praia da Luz on Portugal’s Algarve in 2007.

Brueckner, currently in prison for the rape of a 72-year-old woman on the Algarve in 2005, is known to have lived in the area. And his mobile phone received a half-hour call in Praia da Luz around an hour before three-year-old Madeleine vanished.

Suspect: Christian Brueckner

Meanwhile, a 75-year-old Briton whose daughter went missing in Germany in 2001 wants police to quiz Brueckner about her too. Student nurse Louise Kerton, 24, was last seen in Aachen where she was due to catch a train.

Her father, Phil Kerton, of Sevenoaks, Kent, said the McCann inquiry ‘gives some sort of hope that the truth is out there’.