Using several sniffer dogs and shovels, investigators continued to comb through a small area of ​​greenery in this subdivision located west of Hanover, in northern Germany. Large quantities of earth and stones were transported outside the well-crisscrossed site by many members of the police, according to an AFP photographer. Investigators have not yet given any details on the result of their research started the day before, or even explained what they were looking for precisely.

Several media claim that they have unearthed the foundations of an old house including a cellar. According to the local newspaper Hannoverscher Allgemeine Zeitung (HAZ), a dog was able to break into a cavity under an old floor slab. The tenant of a neighboring plot told the daily Bild that the cellar had been around for a long time.

It would not have been covered at the time of the demolition of the garden shed located on the plot at the end of 2007. Asked by AFP, a spokesperson for the Brunswick prosecutor’s office, in charge of the investigation, did not wanted to comment on current operations. This case experienced a sudden acceleration in early June with the identification of a new suspect, Christian B., 43, a German repetitive pedophile already convicted of rape in Portugal and currently in detention for another case.

According to the HAZ, he was living in Hanover in 2007, the year Maddie disappeared. German investigators are convinced that Madeleine McCann, who disappeared 13 years ago and was then three years old, is dead. Last month, a former friend of the suspect allegedly claimed that he told him he had a cellar on another property he wanted to line with tin “like Josef Fritzl’s”.