The British Capital Police Force said that the new suspect is a German currently arrested in Germany due to an unrelated matter.
The force did not identify the man, but described him as a 43-year-old white man. He lived periodically in the Algarve region of southern Portugal between 1995 and 2007, when McCann disappeared.
“He is in contact with the Praia da Luz region and its surroundings and has spent some short periods in Germany,” the police statement said.
“It has been more than 13 years since Madeleine’s disappearance and none of us can imagine what should be the case for her family, without knowing what happened or where she is,”
“After the 10-year anniversary, the meteorological committee received information about a German man who was known to have been in and around Praia da Luz. We are working with colleagues in Germany and Portugal and this man is suspected of Madeleine’s disappearance.” Chief investigator Mark Cranwell said in a statement on Wednesday.
Police also disclosed details of two cars linked to the suspect at the time of Madeleine McCann’s disappearance.
“The first car is the distinctive VW T3 Westfalia campervan. It is a model from the early 1980s, with two-tone markers, a white upper body and a yellow skirt. It had a Portuguese scoreboard,” the statement said.
“The suspect was able to access this truck from at least April 2007 until sometime after May 2007. It was used in and around the Praia da Luz region.”
“The second car is a 1993 British Jaguar XJR 6, with German number plate registered in Germany,” the statement added.
“It is believed that this car was in Praia da Luz and the surrounding areas in 2006 and 2007. The car was originally registered in the name of the suspect. On May 4, 2007, one day after Madeleine’s disappearance, the car was re-registered to someone else in Germany.”
Investigators asked the public to provide any information about the vehicles and two mobile numbers, believed to have been used by the suspect on the day of Madeleine’s disappearance.
There is a £ 20,000 (about $ 25,000) reward to the police for the information that leads to the conviction of the officials.
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