German prosecutors investigating a new suspect in the 13-year investigation of missing Madeleine McCann believe she is dead.
Britain’s Metropolitan Police are still treating the inquiry as a missing person investigation and say there is no definitive evidence on whether she is alive or dead.
“We are investigating a 43-year-old German man on suspicion of murder,” a spokesperson for the Braunschweig prosecutor’s office said on Thursday.
The suspect, who has not been named, is currently in prison for unrelated offences in Germany.
Local reports suggest he is the same man who was jailed for seven years in December for raping an American woman in Portugal in 2005.
The attack happened around a year-and-a-half before Madeleine’s disappearance on 3 May 2007.