Madeleine McCann vanished from a resort in Praia da Luz, Portugal in May 2007, and until now little progress has been made in uncovering the mystery surrounding her disappearance. Last week German prosecutors revealed they believed the child, who was three when she went missing, was dead and announced they suspected a man was responsible for her disappearance. Now a British ex-girlfriend of the suspect has made a harrowing revelation from the night before she was snatched.
Last week German prosecutors announced they believed Madeline McCann was dead
The day before Maddy disappeared, the suspect – named in reports as Christian B, told his former girlfriend he had “a job to do in Praia da Luz tomorrow”, according to The Sun.
He is understood to have told the woman: “I have a job to do in Praia da Luz tomorrow.
“It’s a horrible job but it’s something I have to do and it will change my life.
“You won’t be seeing me for a while.”
The JVA Kiel prison where Christian B is currently being held
The woman is one of two British former girlfriends who had been dating the convicted German drug dealer while he was living in the Praia da Luz area.
Both women have now given evidence to the police and say they fear the man will hurt them if their identifies are disclosed.
A friend of the Britons, who has been interviewed by police but is not suspected of being involved in the disappearance of the toddler, said he questioned Christian B on whether he was involved in Maddy’s disappearance.
The pal said: “He blanked the question and shrugged — then added, ‘Just don’t go there’.”
Madeleine McCann went missing in May 2007
The friend, originally from North Yorkshire but now living in Lagos, Portugal, added: “It was said at a time when everyone had a theory about the Madeleine mystery and everyone had a story.
“So everyone who knew him around that time kind of dismissed it.”
The comments allegedly made by the suspect the night before the disappearance were not taken seriously by the girlfriend at the time.
The friend said: “The ex-girlfriend with him at dinner didn’t compute what he’d said because she didn’t believe him capable of doing something like that — even though he had been violent before.
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“Then Christian went off the radar the day after the abduction.
“Both his exes became more suspicious when he didn’t return to the area for around three years.
“They read about the witness accounts and realised some of the photofits and artist’s impressions struck a chord.”
But they finally made the link after German prosecutors identified the man last week, the friend said.
Madeleine McCann vanished from a resort in Praia da Luz, Portugal
The friend, a man in his 40s, first met Christian B when he worked at the expat bar The Tavern in the Portuguese town.
The suspect in Maddy’s disappearance has been linked to the murder of a German teenager as well as two other missing children.
Investigations have opened up into whether Christian B could have been involved in the disappearance of Inga Gehricke and Rene Hasee and the murder of Carola Titze.
The man is currently behind bars in Kiel, northern Germany for a drugs offence.
Last December he was also convicted of the rape of a 72-year-old woman in Praia da Luz in 2005 – two years before Maddy’s disappearance.