Madeleine McCann’s parents brand probe into prime suspect as ‘beyond bizarre’

Madeline McCann’s parents have branded the probe into the prime suspect in her disappearance as "beyond bizarre", pals said.

Friends of Kate and Gerry said they had concerns about the investigation into German sex offender Christian Brueckner as he has not yet been quizzed by cops.

It comes after prosecutor Hans Christian Wolters said the public would be sure Brueckner is behind the infamous disappearance "if they knew the evidence".

But Kate and and Gerry are said to be bewildered as to why the convicted paedophile has not been interviewed, The Mirror reported.

A pal told the paper: “Any police force or prosecuting chief should not be boasting… but should be remaining silent as in the case of the Met Police.

“They should… not be suggesting that members of the public would be reaching the same conclusion as they do about the suspect if they knew the evidence they had. It is beyond bizarre and not very helpful to the investigation.”

The disappearance of Madeline has stumped detectives for more than a decade. She vanished while on holiday in Praia da Luz, Portugal, in 2007 when she was just days from turning four.

Her parents had left Maddie, with her twin siblings, asleep in an apartment whilst they dined in a nearby tapas restaurant.

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Detectives sensationally named Brueckner, a convicted sex offender, as the key suspect in the case earlier this year.

He is currently in a German jail for drug smuggling and the rape of a 72-year-old American woman in Praia da Luz in 2005.

He is also being investigated over the rape of a holiday rep in another resort, Praia da Rocha, in 2004.

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German cops tipped off Brueckner, 43, that he may be a suspect in Madeleine’s disappearance in 2013 by asking him in writing to come in to be interviewed.

But the authorities in Braunschweig, where Wolters is based, have never quizzed him under caution.

The McCann’s are said to be scratching their heads as to why the former drifter has not been grilled by detectives.

A friend said: “If Mr Wolters has got any significant evidence we cannot understand why the key suspect is not being questioned.”

Speaking to the Sunday Mirror in June, Mr Wolters, who admits he does not have enough evidence to charge Brueckner, said: “We don’t try to speak because it’s not the right time. We don’t believe he will say he did it.

“We think we have 90 per cent evidence. If he knows what this is, he can try to change his story.”

Brueckner will be eligible for parole in January, having served two-thirds of his sentence.

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