The letter sent by German prosecutors to Maddie’s parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, represents the first official communication to the family about the death. According to reports from The Mirror, Kate and Gerry asked to see evidence of the death. Using telephone records, German police located 43-year-old Brueckner near the location where Maddie disappeared in 2007, in Praia da Luz, Portugal.
The homicidal suspect is also investigated in the case of Joana, who disappeared at 8 years of age in 2004, 8 kilometers from Praia da Luz. He is suspected of kidnapping a German girl, Inga, in 2015. Brueckner was sentenced to two years in prison for sexual abuse of a girl at the age of 17. He was arrested in 2018 in Italy with an international arrest warrant for the rape of a tourist in the Algarve, right where Maddie disappeared.