The major search operation around Arade Dam reservoir has now ended after three days. Portuguese police confirmed material collected during the search will now be sent to Germany for testing. Police investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann confirmed they were investigating the reservoir and surrounding area 30 miles from Praia De Luz on Monday (May 22) after receiving “certain tip offs”.
During the search, investigators have reportedly been looking for a video camera which they believe may contain images of Madeleine, but also of other victims who could have been attacked by Christian Brueckner.
It has not been confirmed if anything significant was found during the search but a number of bags were taken away by investigators. Police said the search "resulted in the collection of some material that will be subject to the competent expertise", and that it would "be handed over to the German authorities".
German prosecutor Christian Wolters added: "Of course there is a certain expectation, but it is not high. He added: “Of course we are still looking for the body. We’re not just looking for that, of course. There are other things too. Any discovery of clothing could help the investigation.”
The search was requested by German authorities and is linked to suspect Christian Brueckner, who German police believe murdered Madeleine McCann after kidnapping her in 2007. The area being searched was reportedly a frequent visiting place of Brueckner when he lived in Portugal.