Portuguese police launch search in the Algarve for Madeleine McCann's body

Portuguese police have launched a search for Madeleine McCann's body.
Portuguese police are searching for Madeleine McCann's body. Photo credit: File Image

Portuguese police have reportedly launched a search for Madeleine McCann's body in the Algarve. 

The searches are taking place in Vila do Bispo, which is a 20 minute drive from Praia de Luz where the three-year-old went missing in 2007.

Compelling new evidence is said to have encouraged the new searches to take place.

According to Porteguese state broadcaster RTP, detectives have discovered 'fundamental evidence' linking suspect Christian Brueckner to Madeleine's disappearance.There are reports that the searches are being conducted in wells, but there has been no official response from Portugese police regarding these claims.

RTP also linked Brueckner to another missing persons case in the Algarve town of Silves.

Earlier this year, 43-year-old Brueckner was identified as the main suspect in the disappearance of Madeleine, who is believed by German prosecutors to be dead.

Brueckner is presently serving 21 months in prison for drug dealing charges.