Madeleine McCann cops quizzed nanny over new suspect just five days after her disappearance

COPS investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann quizzed her nanny over the new suspect just five days after her disappearance.

Christian B this week emerged as a prime suspect in the British toddler's disappearance that unfolded 13 years ago.

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Portuguese police today insisted the 43-year-old German's name had been passed onto UK authorities as part of their probe.

But questions have started to emerge over whether the suspect slipped through the cracks in the investigation with Madeleine's nanny claiming police had shown her a photo of Christian five days after the little girl disappeared.

The nanny told the Mirror today: "I was shown identikits the day after they took my statement [about Madeleine].

"I am aware of [the suspect's] name and face from photos I was shown but I don’t think I remember having seen him in real life.

"I’m aware police knew of guys like this in Praia da Luz at the time."

What we know so far…

  • A key witness has identified Christian B as the man she saw acting suspiciously outside the McCanns’ apartment
  • Cops have linked the suspect to the disappearance of a six-year-old boy
  • Christian B's past has been revealed including his first sex attack that unfolded when he was just 16
  • The suspect is not speaking with German police

Christian B was this week revealed as as prime suspect in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann – 13 years after the Brit toddler vanished from a Portugal holiday resort.

We are now able to show his picture in full in the UK after it was published in a major German newspaper – as cops in both countries appeal for anyone who knows him to come forward.

It was previously claimed the suspect had been initially investigated by Portugal cops at the time but was ruled out by detectives on the Algarve.

Christian B is currently serving a seven-year prison sentence for raping an American woman, 72, in Portugal.

Lawyer Jan-Christian Hochmann confirmed he was representing the suspect today.

He told Reuters: "It is correct that I and my colleague David Volke are representing him, but we are not making any comment at the moment."

The suspect, who we cannot legally name in full, was first thrust into the frame in 2017 after allegedly confessing to abducting Madeleine in a bar.

He was reportedly chatting to the friend in Germany when a TV report came on about the tenth anniversary of the girl's disappearance and he suggested he knew what had happened to her.

German sources claim he boasted he had "snatched her" but didn’t say he had killed her.

UK and German police forces have appealed for anyone who knows him to contact them with information.

His mugshot shows he has blue eyes and blonde hair with pockmarked skin – matching an e-fit released in 2013 of a light-haired suspect seen skulking near apartment where Madeleine vanished hours later.

Clarence Mitchell, a spokesman for Madeleine's parents Kate and Gerry McCann, told BBC: "They are grateful and they welcome this appeal.

"They have not given up hope of finding Madeleine alive, despite the length of time – they've never given up that hope.

"But they are realistic and they say that whatever the outcome of this appeal and the police work, they do need to know because they need to find peace."

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