Madeleine McCann’s investigation is “ended” after 11 years amid fears the suspect will not be charged

Scotland Yard will reportedly end Operation Grange later this year, 15 years after Madeleine McCann went missing while on holiday with her parents in Portugal

Scotland Yard's investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann is due to end this year
Scotland Yard’s investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann is due to end this year

The UK inquiry into Madeleine McCann’s disappearance will end 11 years after it began, it has been reported.

Later this year, Scotland Yard will complete Operation Grange – launched four years after Maddie disappeared.

The decision to do so will raise questions about whether the main suspect, Christian Brueckner, will be charged in her disappearance.

A source of Sun : “There are currently no plans to continue the investigation.

“The end of the road for Operation Grange is now in sight. The team’s work should be completed by autumn.”

Maddie went missing in Portugal in 2007



Although the detectives will not actively investigate further, the case file could be reopened if there are more breakthroughs.

Current funding for Operation Grand will end at the end of this month.

A request for more money was recently submitted to the Home Office and the operation would last until the end of September.

In all, the cost of the operation is around £13million.

Last year, now-outgoing Met Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick said Operation Grange would continue until there was nothing left to investigate.

German police say Christian Brückner is the prime suspect



Interest in the case was reignited in 2020 when a German police investigation into Brueckner came to light.

The 45-year-old is behind bars, among other things, because of the rape of a US widow in 2005 in Praia da Luz – where Madeleine disappeared two years later.

German prosecutors said they had “concrete” evidence against him – and he was their only suspect in Madeleine’s case.

But they also fear Breuckner may have committed at least five other sex crimes, including raping an Irish woman who was attacked in her Portuguese home in 2004.

Three-year-old Madeleine disappeared from an Algarve flat in 2007 while holidaying with her twin siblings and parents Kate and Gerry from Rothley, Leics.

In 2013, Brueckner shared a string of sick messages with an undertaker, including some about the snatching and confinement of a toddler.

Kate and Gerry McCann have vowed never to stop looking for Maddie


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The investigation into Brueckner is being led by German and Portuguese authorities, with the Met playing a background role.

Until last summer, the German police only investigated the case against Brueckner.

Last year they named Brueckner the prime suspect in Madeleine’s disappearance after phone records located him at the resort the night of her disappearance.

The pedophile accuses the public prosecutor of bringing “shame” on the German legal system with “scandalous” statements against him.

In recent years, the Grange team has been reduced from 40 officers to just four detectives working under Det Chief Inspector Mark Cranwell.

The McCanns are said to be aware that the Met’s investigation is coming to an end.

They have vowed they will never stop looking for Maddie and may use the money raised to fund Madeline’s Fund: Leaving No Stone Unturned.

The Fund currently has over £900,000 after liabilities. Madeleine McCann's investigation is "ended" after 11 years amid fears the suspect will not be charged

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