McCanns deny receiving letter from German prosecutors about Madeleine's death

Britons Kate McCann (R) and Gerry McCann (L), parents of missing British girl Madeleine McCann, leave to the court house in Lisbon on June 16, 2014 after the closing arguments of the McCann couple's libel proceedings against former inspector Goncalo Amaral for a book written about the case of their missing daughter. Kate McCann and her husband Gerry are suing Amaral in a Lisbon court for the book in which he argues Madeleine was killed accidentally and implicates her parents in her alleged 2007 death. The court adjourn the session to July 8, 2014. Photo by Pedro Nunes/Sipa USA
Gerry and Kate McCann said reports claiming German authorities have sent them evidence showing their daughter is dead are false. (Sipa USA)

The parents of missing Madeleine McCann have branded reports they have received a letter from German authorities saying that there is evidence that she is dead as “false”.

On their website, Gerry and Kate McCann hit back reports they had received a letter from German authorities suggesting she was dead.

It follows revelations that a German prisoner is being investigated as part of a murder investigation into Madeleine’s disappearance, while the Metropolitan Police continues to treat the case as a missing person investigation.

German prosecutor Hans Christian Wolters, who is leading the investigation into the main suspect in Madeleine’s disappearance, told the PA news agency that a letter had been written to the couple but would not reveal what it said.

However, according to The Sun newspaper he said: “We have written to the McCanns to tell them Madeleine is dead and explaining we just ­cannot say what the evidence is.

“We have concrete evidence that our suspect has killed Madeleine. British police have been informed but don’t have all the evidence we have.

“The results of our investigation have been shared but not every detail has been passed to Scotland Yard. I don’t think the McCanns have been informed of all the details but they know the results.”

Madeleine McCann is thought to be dead and a suspect has been arrested on suspicion of murder, German authorities say. (PA Images)
Madeleine McCann is thought to be dead and a suspect has been arrested on suspicion of murder, German authorities say. (PA Images)

Addressing the claims, the McCanns’ statement read: “Since the recent police appeals regarding Madeleine’s disappearance there have been many inaccurate stories reported in the media.

“The widely reported news that we have a received a letter from the German authorities that states there is evidence or proof that Madeleine is dead is FALSE.

“Like many unsubstantiated stories in the media, this has caused unnecessary anxiety to friends and family and once again disrupted our lives.”

German authorities have said they are investigating a man called Christian B over her murder.

File photo dated 16/09/07 of the ground floor apartment in Praia Da Luz from where Madeleine 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.
The Praia Da Luz apartment from where Madeleine McCann went missing in 2007. (PA)

They are investigating him in connection with her disappearance in Praia da Luz, Portugal, in May 2007. The suspect is reportedly in prison.

“As we have stated many times before, we will not give a running commentary on the investigation – that is the job of the law enforcement agencies and we will support them in any way requested,” the McCanns’ statement continued.

“Furthermore, we do not have a family spokesperson nor are we actively paying any lawyers.

“Any recent comments attributed in the media have not come from us unless they have been posted on our website. If there are important developments that can be made public, they will be issued through official police channels.”