Police have officially reopened a cold case connected to the prime Madeleine McCann suspect Christian Brueckner.
Carola Titze, 16, was found dead with her body mutilated in July 1996 in a resort town on the Belgian coast.
Now the public prosecutor’s office in Bruges said it “is indeed reopening the file relating to this murder,” a spokesman told AFP.
Carola’s mutilated body was found in sand dunes in De Haan, West Flanders, where she was on holiday with her family.
In the days before she was killed, she had been to a disco with a mystery German man, who has never been located.
Commenting on the latest investigation into Madeleine’s alleged killing, De Haan’s mayor Wilfried Vandaele told VRT: “A shockwave went through our community when the body of Carola Titze was found in woodland in the dunes in 1996.
“Of course, we too want the perpetrator to be found at long last.
“Let’s hope the German investigation can provide greater clarity.”
Carola died weeks after René disappeared while he was on holiday at the Amoreiras beach in the Algarve – less than 30 miles from Praia da Luz – in 1996.
That case, too, is being reopened in light of the alleged breakthrough in the Madeleine investigation.
René was last seen running towards the sea, and only his clothes have been found since.
Prosecutors are also reportedly taking a fresh look at the abduction of five-year-old Inga Gehricke, who disappeared in Diakoniewerk Wilhelmshof in Saxony-Anhalt in 2015.
Police raided Brueckner’s home in February the following year hoping to find evidence linking him to Inga.