German police say their “serious investigation” into Madeleine McCann’s disappearance has proved her parents are innocent.
Officers have found “no indication whatsoever” that doctors Kate and Gerry were in any way involved.
But detectives say they have “a lot of evidence” pointing towards German drifter Christian Brueckner, who is their “only” suspect in the case.
They are the third international police force to clear the McCanns over their daughter’s disappearance from their Portuguese holiday apartment in 2007.
German prosecutor Hans Christian Wolters, who is heading the current probe, said: “We have carried out a very serious investigation and there is no indication whatsoever Madeleine McCann’s parents are linked to her disappearance.
“On the other hand, we have a lot of evidence pointing to Christian B killing her.”
Mobile phone analysis found convicted paedophile Brueckner, 43, took a call near the family’s apartment in Praia da Luz around an hour before Madeleine vanished.
Mr Wolters admitted there was no forensic evidence linking him to the crime but said: “This is like a puzzle and there are many pieces that lead us to believe Christian B is responsible.”
And he added he thinks Brueckner, who is currently in jail for drugs offences, killed Madeleine, who was then aged three.
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He said: “The result of our investigation does not point in any way to the possibility the suspect might have kept Madeleine alive. Everything we have points to her being dead.
“We are only investigating Christian B.”
Portuguese police initially made the McCanns, of Rothley, Leicestershire, suspects in the case but lifted that status in 2008.
The Met Police – which has probed the disappearance since 2011 – says the McCanns are not suspects.
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