Dutch Cops Give Missing Child Dossier To Maddie Probe

Story ByMichael Leidig, Sub EditorJoseph GolderAgencyNewsflash

Dutch cops prepared a dossier for their German counterparts to investigate whether the Madeleine McCann prime suspect may be linked to the 1995 disappearance of a seven-year-old boy who vanished on a beach in the Netherlands.

The suspicion is that Christian Brueckner, 43, may have been behind the disappearance of Jair Soares, who went missing when he went to buy a portion of chips at the beach near the Zuid-Holland town of Monster in the Netherlands on 4th August 1995.

His parents also left the area they were relaxing but when they returned to the towels, where a friend of theirs was sitting with her daughter, Jair had disappeared.


The possibility of a link between the two missing children, who reportedly have many similarities in how they vanished, was first raised last month and now it has been confirmed that the dossier has been prepared and handed to German detectives.

When contacted by Newsflash, a spokesman for police in The Hague confirmed that after announcing their intention to exchange information they have now presented the case and “were in talks”.

He said: “Presenting the case means that we look if there are any similarities between the cases. So we look for clues that connect them.”


Asked what this might entail he said that included the fact that they would attempt to put together Brueckner’s movements and see whether he could be identified as having been in the Netherlands at the time the youngster disappeared.

Once details of the activities of Christian Brueckner became public, cold-case detectives in the Netherlands admitted that his profile made it a priority to see if he was connected with the disappearance of little Jair.

He is being held by police in Bayreuth, near Nuremberg, where he is also under investigation over other cases of child disappearances.


That includes the case of Peggy Knobloch , 9, whose remains were discovered in the Thuringian Forest in Germany on 2nd July 2016. She disappeared on her way home from school on 2nd May 2001.

Detectives are also re-examining the cases of Rene Hasee, 6, who went missing while on holiday in Aljezur in Portugal – 25 miles from Praia da Luz, where Christian Brueckner was living at the time.

The German is also a suspect in the disappearances of Carola Titze, 16, who went missing in Belgium in 1996 and Inga Gehricke, 5, who vanished in Germany in 2015.

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He has also been linked to the 2010 killing of Monika Pawlak, a 24-year-old prostitute, in Hanover.

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