German detectives investigating Christian B, 43, have contacted the family of René Hasee to say they were looking into his 1996 abduction again Madeleine McCann: Police link suspect to missing schoolboy, 6 | Daily Mail Online 5 June 2020 ''German police have contacted the family of a six-year-old who vanished in the Algarve in 1996 - after linking him to the suspect in Madeleine McCann's case. German detectives investigating Christian Brueckner, 43, for the disappearance of British Madeleine have contacted the family of René Hasee to say they are looking into his 1996 abduction again. The six-year-old from Elsdorf, Germany, was on holiday with his family in Aljezur - just 25 miles from Praia da Luz, in the Algarve - when he vanished on June 21, 1996. Andreas Hasee, René's father, revealed an investigator from the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) contacted him today - the first time he had heard from police in 20 years. He told German newspaper Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger: 'There could be a connection.' '' ''René was last seen running ahead of his mother and step-father during a walk on the beach to swim in the sea. After losing sight of him never saw him again; left with just his clothes lying on the beach. Detectives have said the suspect was regularly living in the Algarve from 1995. He was already convicted of sex offences against children and would have been 19 at the time René disappeared.''