Madeleine McCann police say ‘number of items’ recovered from Portugal search

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    Cops scouring the Portuguese site for clues in the Madeleine McCann case have confirmed 'items' have been recovered.

    The search carried out last week in the area of the Arade reservoir in Portugal ended as planned on Thursday after three days.

    A number of items were seized as part of the investigation, German police said in a statement. These will be in the evaluated in the coming days and weeks.

    READ MORE: Madeleine McCann cops 'were searching Portuguese lake for prime suspect's stolen gun'

    Whether individual items actually have a connection to the Madeleine McCann case cannot yet be said, cops added.

    "Thank you to all the police officers involved in the search. The cooperation between the Portuguese police, police officers from
    Great Britain and the Federal Criminal Police Office went excellently and very constructively," the statement from the Braunschweig Public Prosecutor added.

    "The investigations conducted here in Braunschweig against the 46-year-old suspect are expected to continue for a long time."

    It was previously reported that cops were looking for a gun and camcorder stolen from chief suspect Christian Brueckner's house and then dumped in the reservoir.

    It was also reported that cops were scouring the lake in the hope of finding Madeleine's pink Winnie the Pooh pyjamas.

    The Barragem do Arade reservoir – around 30miles from where the British girl went missing in Praia da Luz in 2007 – had been cordoned as officials from Portugal, Germany and the UK followed a recent lead.

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    The search is believed to have been sparked by the discovery of photos and videos showing Brueckner, 45, near the reservoir.

    MailOnline reported last week that authorities were tipped off about a stolen gun and camcorder by an informant, backing up evidence from former acquaintances of Brueckner's, Manfred Seyferth and Helge Busching.

    They have already told police that they previously broke in to Brueckner's Algarve home and found the items, before dumping them into the reservoir in a panic after finding horrifying rape footage of a woman and a child on the camcorder.

    A source close to the investigation told MailOnline that they and Brueckner had allegedly all been part of a network of petty criminals in the Algarve back in the early 2000s.

    They had a falling out and went their separate ways, the source added.

    A third witness has reportedly corroborated Seyferth and Busching's version of events, leading to the recent intensification of the investigation.

    If you or somebody you know has been affected by this story, contact Victim Support for free, confidential advice on 08 08 16 89 111 or visit their website,

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