The new suspect is a German who is currently imprisoned in Germany for an unrelated matter, British Metropolitan Police forces said.
The force did not identify the man but described him as a 43-year-old white man. He lived periodically in the southern Portuguese region of the Algarve between 1995 and 2007, when McCann disappeared.
“He is connected to the area of Praia da Luz and the surrounding regions and has carried out several short spells in Germany,” a police statement said.
“It’s been over 13 years since Madeleine disappeared and none of us can imagine what it should look like for her family, not knowing what happened or where she is.”
“After the tenth anniversary, Matt received information about a German man who was known to have been in and around Praia da Luz. We were working with colleagues in Germany and Portugal and that man is suspected of Madeleine’s disappearance.” Chief Inspector Mark Cranwell said in a statement Wednesday.
Police also revealed details of two cars linked to the suspect at the time of Madeleine McCann’s disappearance.
“The first vehicle is the recognizable VW T3 Westfalia camper. It is a model from the early 1980s, with two-tone markings, a white upper body and a yellow shield. It had a Portuguese license plate,” the statement said.
“The suspect had access to this van at least from April 2007 until sometime after May 2007. It was used in and around the Praia da Luz area.”
“The other vehicle is a 1993 British Jaguar, model XJR 6, with a German license plate and registered in Germany,” adds statemnt
“This car is believed to have been located in Praia da Luz and surrounding areas in 2006 and 2007. The car was originally registered in the suspect’s name. On May 4, 2007, the day after Madeleine’s disappearance, the car was re-registered to someone else in Germany. “
Detectives asked the public to release any information about the vehicles and about two mobile phone numbers, one of which is believed to have been used by the suspect on the day of Madeleine’s disappearance.
There is a reward from the police ($ 20,000) for information leading to the beliefs of those responsible.
Metropolitan police began investigating McCann’s disappearance in 2011 in a large-scale investigation known as Operation Grange.
As part of the probe, detectives sifted through hundreds of leads and over 40,000 documents related to the disappearance of the three-year-old.