Madeleine McCann suspect Christian Brueckner is being investigated by Dutch police over the 1995 disappearance of a boy, seven, who vanished from a beach in the Netherlands

  • Jair Soares went missing when he went to buy chips near the town of Monster
  • Dutch cops prepared a dossier for their German counterparts to help investigate
  • A spokesman for police in The Hague said there were similarities in the two cases

Madeleine McCann suspect Christian Brueckner is being investigated by Dutch police over the disappearance of a seven-year-old boy who vanished from a beach in the Netherlands.

Jair Soares went missing when he went to buy chips near the town of Monster in the South Holland province of the country on August 4 1995. 

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

Dutch cops prepared a dossier for their German counterparts to investigate whether Brueckner, 43, may have been behind the disappearance. 

Jair Soares, seven, (pictured) went missing when he went to buy chips at the beach near the town of Monster in the South Holland province of the country on August 4 1995

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.

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 it 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.

Dutch cops prepared a dossier for their German counterparts to investigate whether Brueckner, 43, (pictured) may have been behind the disappearance 

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 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, nine, whose remains were discovered in the Thuringian Forest in Germany on July 2 2016. She disappeared on her way home from school on May 2 2001.

Madeleine McCann (pictured) went missing from her parents holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in Portugal in 2007


Christian Brueckner is also a suspect in the disappearance of Inga Gehricke, five, (left) who vanished in Germany in 2015 and Peggy Knobloch, nine, (right) whose remains were discovered in the Thuringian Forest in Germany on July 2 2016

Detectives are also re-examining the cases of Rene Hasee, six, 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, five, who vanished in Germany in 2015.

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

His lawyer has said that he denies any involvement in Maddie’s disappearance. 

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