Madeleine McCann suspect linked to THIRD vehicle – new details made public for first time

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In information which could prove crucial to solving the 13 year case of the British girl’s disappearance, the ex-girlfriend of the lead suspect has told the German paedophile was driving the battered Volkswagen estate around the time the three-year-old vanished. Last week police released images of two vehicles Christian B is understood to have owned while living in Portugal at the time.

Detectives have appealed for information about the black Jaguar and a two-tone camper van.

But now his ex-girlfriend has sensationally revealed he owned a third car – details of which have never been made public.

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The woman, from Berkshire, said he began driving the estate in mid-2005, two years before Madeleine disappeared.

He also owned the black Jaguar at this time but had not yet bought the camper van featured in police photographs.

His ex has been interviewed about the vehicles Christian B was driving but is unsure if she mentioned the VW estate to cops.

The woman, who asks not to be named, has also given detectives crucial leads about their main suspect.

They include details of his associates in the Algarve and Germany, the layout of his Praia da Luz home and remote beaches where he took her.

Yesterday it was revealed how she dated the German for nearly a year in 2004 and 2005 when they both worked in the same Lagos bar.

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Madeleine McCann suspect linked to THIRD vehicle – new details made public for first time

Madeleine McCann’s disappearance investigation could now focus on a third vehicle (Image: PA/GETTY)

Madeleine McCann suspect linked to THIRD vehicle – new details made public for first time

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Madeleine McCann disappeared while on holiday in Portugal in 2007 (Image: PA)

She claimed he broke into her flat through a window and hid under her bed in chilling echoes of the Madeleine McCann case.

The disturbing incident took place hours after she claimed he brutally attacked her in a jealous rage after she innocently hugged another man.

She said he repeatedly slammed her head against a wall in the ladies toilets of the Algarve bar where she worked – leaving her a bloodied mess.

She now believes her ex, who is in a German prison, could be responsible for Madeleine’s abduction in 2007.

The woman revealed details of the crucial third vehicle owned by Christian B.

She said: “Towards the end of our relationship he had another car as well as the Jaguar. I haven’t seen that mentioned anywhere.

“It was a Volkswagen. I don’t remember the model. It was a dirty, yellowy, mustardy kind of colour. It was an old one and was long.

“I heard he still had it around the time Madeleine disappeared, along with the Jaguar.

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Madeleine McCann suspect linked to THIRD vehicle – new details made public for first time

German prosecutors have appealed for information about two vehicles (Image: HANDOUT)

Madeleine McCann suspect linked to THIRD vehicle – new details made public for first time

A black Jaguar and a two-tone caper van were both owned by the suspect (Image: HANDOUT)

“I think I told the Portuguese police all about the cars but I can’t be sure about the estate.

“When I spoke to the Portuguese police I tried to help as much as I could but Portuguese isn’t my first language.

“I’d be happy to talk to British police about it – maybe it could help their case and solve what happened to Madeleine?

“Chris loved his cars, especially his Jaguar. It was his pride and joy. It was very clean and he drove it carefully.

“He used to drive to Sagres and back, he loved that drive, sometimes with me, sometimes on his own.”

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Portuguese detectives quizzed the woman about Christian B’s farmhouse on the outskirts of Praia da Luz.

She spent many nights with the German in the run-down property, less than a mile from the Ocean Club resort.

“I never lived with him but I often stayed over though,” she said.

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Madeleine McCann suspect linked to THIRD vehicle – new details made public for first time

Christian B’s house was close to the resort the McCanns were staying (Image: GETTY)

Madeleine McCann suspect linked to THIRD vehicle – new details made public for first time

Christian B’s ex-recognised the house from pictures in the media (Image: GETTY)

“His house was okay, it was old but he kept it tidy and clean. It had one bedroom.

“I’ve seen the photos and instantly recognised the big tree trunk in the middle of the room.”

The Brit mum, 45, also told them how she and her pals suspected Christian B of burgling homes and businesses in the area.

“He was always bringing expensive things back to the house. Computers, cameras, things like that,” she said.

“I didn’t ask where he got them from. I remember my friend and I wondering if they were stolen.

“We said we think he might be involved in some illegal business because he seems to have money but we don’t know where it comes from.

“Maybe selling stolen property, nothing too big.

“He also used to collect golf balls because his property was near the golf course and then sell them to the players.”

Madeleine McCann suspect linked to THIRD vehicle – new details made public for first time

Madeleine McCann was just three when she went missing (Image: PA)

“He also used to collect golf balls because his property was near the golf course and then sell them to the players.”

The woman is still living in fear that Christian B will be released and come after her.

“He came to Portugal with a German girl,” she said. “He said they grew up in a children’s home together.

“She left him for someone else. He said to me once that if he ever found her he would kill her.

“It made me think, ‘If he said that about her, what would he do to me if I left him?’

“He said he grew up in the children’s home. He said he had a sad childhood.

Madeleine McCann suspect linked to THIRD vehicle – new details made public for first time

Kate and Gerry McCann say they ‘will never give up hope of finding Madeleine alive’ (Image: PA)

“He used to hang around with a girl from the hippy village, Barao de Sao Joao, who sold flowers.

“I don’t have any photos of him. I used to, but I hated him so much because of what he did to me I destroyed everything.

“It’s scary and weird to be embroiled in this case now. It scares me because he was obviously into things that I had no idea about.

“I have a quiet life here. I start to imagine what if he knows people, criminals, who could hurt me.

“I worry and overthink, what if he comes after me? That’s my fear and that’s why I don’t want my identity revealed.

“I just want to protect my family.”


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