Madeleine McCann's parents' heartache as German cops prepare to drop investigation

MADELEINE McCann’s parents face fresh heartache as police in Germany prepare to end their investigation into her disappearance.

It comes amid fears prime suspect Christian B could be out of jail in days.

German police are convinced the paedophile snatched Madeleine then killed her and say they will decide whether to charge him “within months”.

But lead prosecutor Hans Christian Wolters said his team would not continue their inquiries indefinitely.

Lawyers for Christian B, 43, will be at the European Court of Justice on Thursday to appeal his seven-year jail term for raping a pensioner in Praia da Luz in 2005.

Madeleine, then three, was abducted from her family’s holiday apartment in the Portuguese resort in 2007 while parents Kate and Gerry ate a meal nearby.

Mr Wolters said: “Of course we have an interest in keeping our suspect in custody.

“This gives us access to interrogations in the event of an indictment.

“We have no endeavors to drag this out unnecessarily. We’ll draw a line at some point and see.”

Portuguese police have been searching old wells around nearby Budens for the body of Madeleine. But they have not told British or German cops what prompted the operation.

Christian B, who we reported once boasted of snatching Madeleine, is serving time in a German jail for drugs.

If his rape appeal is successful he will be freed.

A source said: “What we fear is liberal judges will release him and we will lose him . . . which would threaten the case enormously.”

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