Police probing Madeleine McCann's disappearance are reportedly set to interrogate a depraved German paedophile and killer.
Martin Ney, who is currently serving a life sentence for three child murders and 40 sexual assaults, was named as a possible suspect by investigators working for Madeleine’s parents, Kate and Gerry, in 2011.
The 49-year-old was extradited to France on Friday, January 22, to be questioned over the kidnapping and murder of 10-year-old Jonathan Coulom.
TV station RTL claims he will be re-interviewed by Scotland Yard over Madeleine’s disappearance in 2007, The Sun reports.
The Daily Star has approached the Metropolitan Police for comment.
Ney has previously denied any role in the case.
He was earlier quizzed by police over his resemblance to a sketch of a prowler spotted lurking outside the McCann family’s Portuguese holiday apartment.
Ney has admitted visiting Portugal but claims it was years before Madeleine vanished.
The youth worker dressed up in black and wore masks and balaclavas while he carried out his sick attacks.
Last year, German paedophile Christian Brueckner was identified as the prime suspect in Madeleine’s disappearance.
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He is currently banged up in the Germany city of Kiel after being convicted of drugs offences and the rape of an elderly American tourist in Portugal.
Brueckner has various convictions for child sex offences and was living in a camper van close the Praia da Luz resort where Madeleine vanished in 2007.
However, he has denied any role in her disappearance German investigators have not yet found the crucial evidence to charge him.
Earlier this month, police launched a push to find the “missing piece of the jigsaw” that could snare Brueckner.
German and Portuguese investigators will carry out new interviews of key witnesses in the Algarve, the Daily Mirror reported.
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A second top-level summit between German, British and Portuguese detectives is also expected to take place in Lisbon this spring.
Prosecutors hope a new clue will give them what they need to directly question Brueckner about the case.
A well-placed source said: “The police have already put some witnesses on standby to sit down for new interviews.
"There is a real sense of new year, new hunt for clues. It’s very much in everyone’s minds to get the case cracked.
“There’s a missing piece of the jigsaw still out there somewhere.”
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