Hidden cellar found in German probe into Madeleine McCann disappearance

Police investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann have finished their search of a garden in Germany and discovered the remains of a cellar at the site, local media reported.

Prosecutors said the two-day search in Hanover was linked to a murder investigation against a 43-year-old man but could not comment further.

Madeleine was three when she went missing while on holiday with her family in Praia da Luz, Portugal, on May 3 2007.

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Police officers search a garden allotment in the northern German city of Hanover on July 28, 2020, in connection with the disappearance of British girl Madeleine McCann. - Police revealed in June that they were investigating a 43-year-old German man over the 2007 disappearance of three-year-old "Maddie", saying they believe he killed her. Madeleine went missing from her family's holiday apartment in the Portuguese holiday resort of Praia da Luz on May 3, 2007, a few days before her fourth birthday, as her parents dined with friends at a nearby tapas bar. (Photo by Hauke-Christian Dittrich / AFP) (Photo by HAUKE-CHRISTIAN DITTRICH/AFP via Getty Images)
28 July 2020, Lower Saxony, Seelze: police officers search an area inside a garden as part of an investigation plan to find any clues about the disappearance of the British girl Madeleine McCann on 3 May 2007. Photo: Peter Steffen/dpa - ACHTUNG: Personen wurden aus rechtlichen Gründen gepixelt (Photo by Peter Steffen/picture alliance via Getty Images)
An excavator removes stone as police officers search a garden allotment in the northern German city of Hanover on July 28, 2020, in connection with the disappearance of British girl Madeleine McCann. - Police revealed in June that they were investigating a 43-year-old German man over the 2007 disappearance of three-year-old "Maddie", saying they believe he killed her. Madeleine went missing from her family's holiday apartment in the Portuguese holiday resort of Praia da Luz on May 3, 2007, a few days before her fourth birthday, as her parents dined with friends at a nearby tapas bar. (Photo by Hauke-Christian Dittrich / AFP) (Photo by HAUKE-CHRISTIAN DITTRICH/AFP via Getty Images)
Police vehicles and journalists are pictured as police officers search a garden allotment in the northern German city of Hanover on July 28, 2020, in connection with the disappearance of British girl Madeleine McCann. - Police revealed in June that they were investigating a 43-year-old German man over the 2007 disappearance of three-year-old "Maddie", saying they believe he killed her. Madeleine went missing from her family's holiday apartment in the Portuguese holiday resort of Praia da Luz on May 3, 2007, a few days before her fourth birthday, as her parents dined with friends at a nearby tapas bar. (Photo by Hauke-Christian Dittrich / AFP) (Photo by HAUKE-CHRISTIAN DITTRICH/AFP via Getty Images)
28 July 2020, Lower Saxony, Seelze: A police officer with a dog searches an area inside a garden as part of an investigation plan to find any clues about the disappearance of the British girl Madeleine McCann on 3 May 2007. Photo: Peter Steffen/dpa - ACHTUNG: Personen wurden aus rechtlichen Gründen gepixelt (Photo by Peter Steffen/picture alliance via Getty Images)
A police vehicle and journalists are pictured as police officers search a garden allotment in the northern German city of Hanover on July 28, 2020, in connection with the disappearance of British girl Madeleine McCann. - Police revealed in June that they were investigating a 43-year-old German man over the 2007 disappearance of three-year-old "Maddie", saying they believe he killed her. Madeleine went missing from her family's holiday apartment in the Portuguese holiday resort of Praia da Luz on May 3, 2007, a few days before her fourth birthday, as her parents dined with friends at a nearby tapas bar. (Photo by Hauke-Christian Dittrich / AFP) (Photo by HAUKE-CHRISTIAN DITTRICH/AFP via Getty Images)
An excavator is pictured as police officers search a garden allotment in the northern German city of Hanover, Germany, on July 28, 2020, in connection with the disappearance of British girl Madeleine McCann. - Police revealed in June that they were investigating a 43-year-old German man over the 2007 disappearance of three-year-old "Maddie", saying they believe he killed her. Madeleine went missing from her family's holiday apartment in the Portuguese holiday resort of Praia da Luz on May 3, 2007, a few days before her fourth birthday, as her parents dined with friends at a nearby tapas bar. (Photo by Hauke-Christian Dittrich / AFP) (Photo by HAUKE-CHRISTIAN DITTRICH/AFP via Getty Images)
HANOVER, GERMANY - JULY 28: Police officers from the state police of North Rhine-Westphalia search on a allotment garden on July 28, 2020 in Hanover, Germany. German Investigators are searching an allotment that belonged to Christian Brueckner who has been named as the prime suspect in the disappearance of British child Madeleine McCann. Madeleine McCann disappeared from an apartment in Praia Da Luz, Portugal while on holiday with her parents and twin sublings in May 2007. (Photo by Alexander Koerner/Getty Images)
HANOVER, GERMANY - JULY 28: A boat passes by an allotment where police officers from the state police of North Rhine-Westphalia use a digger to search on a garden on July 28, 2020 in Hanover, Germany. German Investigators are searching an allotment that belonged to Christian Brueckner who has been named as the prime suspect in the disappearance of British child Madeleine McCann. Madeleine McCann disappeared from an apartment in Praia Da Luz, Portugal while on holiday with her parents and twin sublings in May 2007. (Photo by Alexander Koerner/Getty Images)
HANOVER, GERMANY - JULY 28: Police officers from the state police of North Rhine-Westphalia use a digger on a allotment garden on July 28, 2020 in Hanover, Germany. German Investigators are searching an allotment that belonged to Christian Brueckner who has been named as the prime suspect in the disappearance of British child Madeleine McCann. Madeleine McCann disappeared from an apartment in Praia Da Luz, Portugal while on holiday with her parents and twin sublings in May 2007. (Photo by Alexander Koerner/Getty Images)
A police officer searches a garden allotment in the northern German city of Hanover on July 28, 2020, in connection with the disappearance of British girl Madeleine McCann. - Police revealed in June that they were investigating a 43-year-old German man over the 2007 disappearance of three-year-old "Maddie", saying they believe he killed her. Madeleine went missing from her family's holiday apartment in the Portuguese holiday resort of Praia da Luz on May 3, 2007, a few days before her fourth birthday, as her parents dined with friends at a nearby tapas bar. (Photo by Hauke-Christian Dittrich / AFP) (Photo by HAUKE-CHRISTIAN DITTRICH/AFP via Getty Images)
HANOVER, GERMANY - JULY 28: Police cars stand in line during a search at an allotment garden on July 28, 2020 in Hanover, Germany. German Investigators are searching an allotment that belonged to Christian Brueckner, who has been named as the prime suspect in the disappearance of British child Madeleine McCann. Madeleine McCann disappeared from an apartment in Praia Da Luz, Portugal while on holiday with her parents and twin siblings in May 2007. (Photo by Alexander Koerner/Getty Images)
HANOVER, GERMANY - JULY 28: Police cars stand in line during a search at an allotment garden on July 28, 2020 in Hanover, Germany. German Investigators are searching an allotment that belonged to Christian Brueckner, who has been named as the prime suspect in the disappearance of British child Madeleine McCann. Madeleine McCann disappeared from an apartment in Praia Da Luz, Portugal while on holiday with her parents and twin siblings in May 2007. (Photo by Alexander Koerner/Getty Images)
HANOVER, GERMANY - JULY 28: Police cars stand in line during a search at a a allotment garden on July 28, 2020 in Hanover, Germany. German Investigators are searching an allotment that belonged to Christian Brueckner who has been named as the prime suspect in the disappearance of British child Madeleine McCann. Madeleine McCann disappeared from an apartment in Praia Da Luz, Portugal while on holiday with her parents and twin sublings in May 2007. (Photo by Alexander Koerner/Getty Images)
A police vehicle is pictured as police officers search a garden allotment in the northern German city of Hanover on July 28, 2020, in connection with the disappearance of British girl Madeleine McCann. - Police revealed in June that they were investigating a 43-year-old German man over the 2007 disappearance of three-year-old "Maddie", saying they believe he killed her. Madeleine went missing from her family's holiday apartment in the Portuguese holiday resort of Praia da Luz on May 3, 2007, a few days before her fourth birthday, as her parents dined with friends at a nearby tapas bar. (Photo by Hauke-Christian Dittrich / AFP) (Photo by HAUKE-CHRISTIAN DITTRICH/AFP via Getty Images)
HANOVER, GERMANY - JULY 28: A camera is seen in front of a digger during a search at an an allotment garden on July 28, 2020 in Hanover, Germany. German Investigators are searching an allotment that belonged to Christian Brueckner, who has been named as the prime suspect in the disappearance of British child Madeleine McCann. Madeleine McCann disappeared from an apartment in Praia Da Luz, Portugal while on holiday with her parents and twin siblings in May 2007. (Photo by Alexander Koerner/Getty Images)
This image distributed, Monday, June 8, 2020, by Carabinieri (Italian paramilitary police), shows a man identified as Christian Brueckner, at the time of his arrest in 2018, under an international warrant for drug trafficking and on charges of other crimes. British media are saying that German police, who have not named the man, suspect he is the kidnapper of Madeleine McCann, a three-year-old British girl who disappeared on May 3, 2007, from a hotel in Praia da Luz, a resort town in Portugal's Algarve. (Carabinieri via AP)
A view of the block of apartments from where British girl Madeleine McCann disappeared in 2007, in Praia da Luz, in Portugal's Algarve coast, Thursday, June 4, 2020. German police have identified a 43-year-old imprisoned German citizen as a suspect in the 2007 disappearance in Praia da Luz of British girl Madeleine McCann. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)
A candle burns next to a photo of missing British girl Madeleine McCann outside the church in the village of Praia da Luz, in southern Portugal, Wednesday, May 3 2017. Madeleine was nearly four year old when she vanished during a family vacation at a Praia da Luz resort ten years ago. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)
A view of the coastline in Praia da Luz, in Portugal's Algarve coast, Thursday, June 4, 2020. German police have identified a 43-year-old imprisoned German citizen as a suspect in the 2007 disappearance in Praia da Luz of British girl Madeleine McCann. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)
Two British women release ten balloons to mark the anniversary of the disappearance of British girl Madeleine McCann on the seafront of Praia da Luz, southern Portugal, Wednesday, May 3 2017. Madeleine was nearly four years old when she vanished during a family vacation at a Praia da Luz resort ten years ago. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)
Two men talk by the church in the village of Praia da Luz in southern Portugal, Wednesday, May 3, 2017. Madeleine McCann was nearly four years old when she vanished during a family vacation at a Praia da Luz resort ten years ago. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)
File photo dated 02/05/17 of the Ocean Club which is next to Apartment 5A in Praia Da Luz in Portugal, where Madeline McCann went missing. A German prisoner has been identified as a suspect in the disappearance of Madeleine, detectives have revealed. The Metropolitan Police have not named the man, 43, who is described as white with short blond hair, possibly fair, and about 6ft tall with a slim build.
File photo dated 08/08/15 of the Apartment block in Praia Da Luz, Portugal where Madeleine McCann went missing from in 2007. .A German prisoner has been identified as a suspect in the disappearance of Madeleine, detectives have revealed. The Metropolitan Police have not named the man, 43, who is described as white with short blond hair, possibly fair, and about 6ft tall with a slim build.
Undated general view of the holiday resort in Praia Da Luz, Portugal, where Madeleine McCann went missing in 2007. A German prisoner has been identified as a suspect in the disappearance of Madeleine, detectives have revealed. The Metropolitan Police have not named the man, 43, who is described as white with short blond hair, possibly fair, and about 6ft tall with a slim build.
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German investigators believe Christian Brueckner killed her soon after abducting her from a holiday apartment in the resort.

Brueckner is in jail in Germany for drug dealing, and is appealing against a conviction for the 2005 rape of a 72-year-old woman, also at Praia da Luz.

Newspaper Bild reported the foundations of a garden house were found on the site and, among the remains, a hidden cellar room was found.

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