The Madeleine McCann suspect was reportedly identified as a former worker at the Ocean Club, the upscale resort from which the youngster mysteriously disappeared on May 3, 2007, just nine days shy of her fourth birthday.
The Madeleine McCann suspect was identified by the leading Portuguese daily newspaper Correio da Manha, which said the suspect may have kidnapped the girl as revenge against the club, which allegedly fired him shortly before the kidnapping. The suspect, whose name has not been released, was killed in 2009 in a tractor crash at the age of 40.
Portuguese police have refused to confirm the newspaper’s report, according UPI.
The suspect was said to have emigrated to Portugal from Cape Verde and was on the verge of being kicked out of Portugal for theft when he was pardoned by then-President Jorge Sampaio.
The investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann was recently re-opened by Portuguese police after a police task force in London gave them a report with potential new leads. The Portuguese daily said that police are searching for Madeleine’s body, but that report has not been confirmed.
When the Madeleine McCann disappearance was featured on the BBC show “Crimewatch” in mid-October, more than a thousand new leads poured in, CNN reported.
The Madeleine McCann case has captivated people around the world since the girl disappeared. Many people accused her own parents of killing the girl and disposing of her body but those allegations have never been proved.
Meanwhile, the Madeleine McCann website is enlisting public help in identifying possible new suspects.