The prime suspect in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann was feared as a gun-toting criminal according to locals in the small town he holed up in shortly after she went missing.
Christian Brückner found a job as a waiter in a remote village 40 miles from Praia da Luz and befriended a German couple who looked after foster children, often staying at their house, local reports claimed on Sunday.
Remarkably, Portuguese police have not yet visited the village of Foral to interview potential witnesses, despite the overwhelming evidence that the convicted sex offender was living there in the weeks after Madeleine disappeared.
That’s the next village but one from where we were back then.
Not, actually, a lot there. In English we’d not say village but hamlet (there is no church for example, at least not that I know of). In fact, not really a Portuguese village at all. Rather more an area of spread out large houses with gardens, not the way the P countryside generally works at all. That being more small labourer’s places actually in the village, then farms around it.