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New evidence suggests Madeleine McCann’s suspected killer didn’t act alone

New evidence suggests Madeleine McCann’s suspected killer didn’t act alone

New evidence in the case of Madeleine McCann suggest that her suspected killer did not act alone and could have received help from an “insider” the night she went missing.

Speaking to 60 Minutes reporter Liz Hayes, experts said they now believe Madeleine’s suspected killer - convicted rapist Christian Bruckner - was assisted by someone who may have been at the tapas bar where Kate and Gerry McCann dined the night their daughter was taken.

"Christian Brückner couldn't have acted alone," Portuguese TV journalist Sandra Felgueiras told 60 Minutes.

"I think that someone must have been implicated. It's very difficult to understand he could have done this by himself."

The evidence was first discovered by German police who tracked down a mobile phone number to someone with a criminal record for child sex offences in their country.

The number belonged to Bruckner, and in his mobile data was a call that linked him to the missing girl.

The call that was made on May 3, 2007 is believed to have been made near the scene of Madeleine’s abduction - the Ocean Club in Praia Da Luz.

"We know that the phone number, which was used by our suspect on the 3rd of May, 2007, was connecting in the mast [that] belongs to the Ocean Club in Praia Da Luz," German prosecutor Hans Christian Wolters told Hayes.

But now Felgueiras believes the call is evidence of not only his involvement in the abduction but also that he was working with an accomplice.

"That was the phone call that he was doing to someone that helped him that night," Felgueiras told 60 Minutes.

There is speculation that an insider at the tapas bar where the McCanns were having dinner tipped off the criminal.

"I think that this is the strongest lead I've ever seen since the first beginning of this investigation," Felgueiras said.