German police are said to have uncovered a hidden cellar at the former home of the suspect in the Madeleine McCann case.
In a third day of digging, they have used an excavator, ground penetrating radar, sniffer dogs and a drone in their desperate hunt for crucial evidence.
The cellar was discovered as investigators dug a deep hole 15 meters wide in the garden of a secluded holiday chalet outside Hanover.
McCann search: digging continues in Hanover
Suspect Christian B, a German drifter, is thought to have lived in a camper van on the site in 2007, shortly after Madeleine vanished from a holiday apartment in Portugal.
One police theory is that the suspect took Madeleine with him when he drove back to Germany, a journey of more than 24 hours.
The German prosecutors investigating Christian’s B alleged involvement in Madeleine’s disappearance have confirmed the search is part of their inquiry, but said no more about it.
Image: Police are digging up the allotment near Hanover
Thomas Dressler, who runs a water sports centre close to the riverside search site, said: “None of us really know the people that stay there.
“Yesterday I saw they were doing the investigation and I thought about how young my daughter was at that time, oh God and so close. That gave me the fear and panic of a father.
“I believe the police are looking for Maddie. It’s gruesome and I find it chilling that it could happen and so close to us. But of course, I have never seen him myself.”
Source : Sky News