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The UK police force investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann has denied a letter sent to her parents revealed evidence of her death.
It comes after German prosecutor Hans Christian Wolters, who is leading the investigation into the German main suspect in Madeleine’s disappearance, was reported as saying “we have written to the McCanns to tell them Madeleine is dead”.
The McCanns hit back at the reports earlier this week, saying: “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.”
The Met Police followed this on Friday, saying in a statement: “Following reports in the national press about the investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, we are issuing this clarification.
“The Met received one letter from the Bundeskriminalamt (BKA) on 12 June, which was passed to the family.
“The letter did not state that there was evidence or proof that Madeleine is dead – the Met continue to investigate Madeleine’s disappearance as a missing person investigation.
“No letter has been received by the Met from the German prosecutor.”
It follows the revelations that a German man is being investigated as part of a murder investigation into Madeleine’s disappearance, while the Met continues to treat the case as a missing person investigation.
German authorities have said they are investigating a man called Christian B over her murder.
They are investigating him in connection with her disappearance in Praia da Luz, Portugal, in May 2007. The suspect is reportedly in prison.