Chilling footage shows the ‘secret lair’ of the prime suspect in the disappearance and suspected murder of Madeleine McCann.
The dilapidated factory site in northern Germany was once owned by Christian Brueckner, the 43-year-old paedophile suspected of abducting and murdering Maddie 13 years ago.
It is where German police allegedly found USB sticks and hard drives with more than 8,000 child abuse images buried next to the remains of a dead dog, and girls’ swimsuits inside a motorhome owned by the suspect.
The video of the factory site was shown on 60 Minutes as German prosecutor Hans Christian Wolters told the programme he has “strong evidence” Brueckner killed Madeleine, and refused to say whether investigators have found images of the missing British girl.
Footage of the property shows computer monitors and parts strewn around the property, abandoned furniture inside squalid rooms, plastic crates and buckets filled with items, and rundown structures being reclaimed by nature.
Police raided the deserted property in Neuwegersleben in 2016 while investigating the disappearance of five-year-old Inga Gehricke, who vanished in May 2015 and is still missing. She has been called the “German Maddie”.
Officers found no evidence linking Brueckner to Inga and he was not charged in her disappearance. He was jailed over child abuse images found on the memory sticks.
German prosecutors are investigating Brueckner for murder in the McCann case. Mr Wolters said prosecutors suspect Madeleine is dead but did not reveal what makes them so sure.
He told 60 Minutes: “We have strong evidence that Madeleine McCann is dead and that our suspect killed her.
“We don’t have the body and no parts of the body, but we have enough evidence to say our suspect killed Madeleine McCann.”
Mr Wolters would neither confirm or deny if any of the images found at the factory site contained evidence of Madeleine.
He said: “At the moment, I’m not allowed to comment on that. So I’m not able to say if there are pictures or if there are no pictures of Madeleine.”
The prosecutor also said a mobile phone linked to Brueckner was used in the immediate area of the McCann family’s holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal, the night the three-year-old disappeared on May 3, 2007.
Madeleine’s parents, Kate and Gerry, left her and her 18-month-old twin siblings, Sean and Amelie, sleeping alone while they went for dinner with friends at a tapas restaurant nearby.
Mr Wolters said the phone “was connecting in the mast” belonging to the Ocean Club complex where the McCanns were staying.
Brueckner lived in the Praia da Luz area at the time, with police describing him as a drifter who lived in a VW camper van.
He has told his German lawyer that he wasn’t involved in the McCann disappearance. The suspect has refused to speak to detectives.
He is currently in prison in Kiel, in northern Germany, after being convicted of drug trafficking and raping a 72-year-old American woman.
Brueckner was jailed for seven years for the attack on the American woman in Praia da Luz in September 2005, about 18 months before Madeleine vanished.
German prosecutors suspect the child sex predator – previously convicted of sexually abusing two girls in Germany – may have attacked other women or girls.
Brueckner is challenging the rape conviction and has applied for parole after serving two-thirds of the 21-month drug sentence.
There were fears he could be granted parole in July, but German prosecutors told the Mirror he has no chance of being freed.