Madeleine McCann news: Apartment was ‘prime location’ for crime and suspect cleared of rape and murder of Claudia Ruf

THE McCann apartment in Praia da Luz was the “prime location” for crime, police told Madeleine’s distraught parents after she went missing.

In their book Madeleine: Our Daughter’s Disappearance and the Continuing Search for Hear, mother Kate revealed how their ground-floor flat was a “prime” target for criminals.

She wrote: “Though I envied David and Fiona with their sea view, being on the ground floor meant we didn’t have to worry about the children’s safety on a balcony.

“Later, we were told by the British police that the ground-floor location, access to roads front and side, secluded entrance and partial tree cover made our apartment a prime target for burglars and criminals.”

The book has resurfaced for the latest push to find Maddie and solve her disappearance – with Christian B currently the prime suspect in the case.

But he has been cleared of involvement in the rape and murder of another young girl.

The German national had been a suspect in the 1996 killing of Claudia Ruf, 11, whose partly burned body was found 40 miles from the German town of Grevenbroich.

She had been kidnapped while walking a neighbour’s dog.

Cops investigating a potential link to Christian B today confirmed DNA tests have ruled him out as a suspect in Claudia’s murder.

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