The man suspected of murdering Madeleine McCann is under investigation for the horrifying rape, murder and mutilation of a boy aged 13 in Germany.
Christian Brueckner, who was named as a suspect in the case earlier this month, has now been identified by the Frankfurter Neuer Presse as a possible suspect in Tristan Brubach’s murder in March 1998.
Parts of the boy’s body were removed in Frankfurt and never recovered. He had been beaten unconscious, strangled, raped and tortured, according to reports.
Tristan’s body was found in an underpass known as the Liederbach near the Frankfurt-Hochst train station in Frankfurt, in the German state of Hesse.
He died from a knife wound.
Three teenagers reportedly saw the murderer from a distance and the description they gave to police of the perpetrator was similar to that of Brueckner, prosecutors said.
Chief Prosecutor Noah Kruger told German daily newspaper Bild: ‘We are checking whether there are any connections between the two cases.
‘In itself, however, this is not unusual, but routine. The sequence of events and the e-fit from the Tristan case could be similar.’
Brueckner, 43, has been linked to a series of child abductions and murders in Portugal and Germany since he was named in connection to Madeleine’s case.
He is in jail in Germany for drug dealing and is appealing against a conviction for the 2005 rape of a woman near the Praia da Luz resort where Maddie went missing on May 3, 2007.
Prosecutors in Germany claim they have written to Madeleine’s parents Kate and Gerry McCann to tell them their daughter is dead.
Hans Christian Wolters said prosecutors have ‘concrete evidence’ Brueckner killed Madeleine but they have not revealed what that evidence is to the couple.
He explained that sharing ‘every detail’ of the case could damage the chances of Brueckner going to trial.
Brueckner has reportedly refused to speak to prosecutors until they provide ‘proof’ of his involvement.