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Madeleine McCann’s parents have been told it is “highly unlikely” prime suspect Christian Brueckner will be charged over her disappearance.
Scotland Yard detectives say there is “no evidence” linking the German drifter to the crime 13 years ago.
A Europe-wide appeal for information earlier this year about the convicted paedophile’s links to Madeleine has not led to a breakthrough in the case.
And police have warned parents Kate and Gerry not to get their hopes up that Brueckner, 43, will ever be brought to justice.
A family pal said: “Kate and Gerry had hoped there was going to be a breakthrough, finally, after 13 years.
“But officers have recently advised them not to get their hopes up as there was no significant development in the investigation. It’s a huge disappointment for them.
“They’ve had their hopes raised then dashed so many times, with possible sightings of Madeleine and suspects being interviewed.”
Three-year-old Madeleine went missing from an apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal, in 2007.
Brueckner is currently in jail for raping an elderly US woman in the resort in 2005.
- Madeleine Mccann
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