THE PRIME suspect in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann once reportedly told friends “the child is now dead and now that a good thing”.
Madeleine’s parents, Kate and Gerry McCann have appealed to the Irish public for information that might help solve the mystery of her vanishing from the resort of Praia da Luz in Portugal back in May 2007.
It comes after police announced that 43-year-old German 'Christian B' was being treated as the prime suspect in her disappearance.
'Christian B', who is currently serving time in prison for separate sexual offences, has been linked with a string of similar cases across Europe.
And according to a former friend and colleague, who spoke to The Mirror, 'Christian B' previously hinted that Madeleine was dead, telling her “You can make a body disappear quickly”.
Lenta Johlitz, 34, worked with 'Christian B' at a pub in the northern city of Braunschweig in Germany, where the pair soon struck up a friendship.
According to Johlitz, everything was fine between them until the topic of Madeleine McCann’s disappearance was brought up during a conversation with friends in 2014.
At this point, it had been seven years since Maddie disappeared from the Algarve resort where the authorities believe 'Christian B' was living in 2007.
Lenta told The Mirror: “Once he was completely freaked out when we were sitting in the kiosk with friends and talking about the Maddie case. He wanted us to stop.
"He cried, ‘The child is now dead and now that’s a good thing. You can make a body disappear quickly’.”
Speaking on RTE’s Prime Time last week, the McCann family’s spokesperson Clarence Mitchell appealed for information from the public.
"Please rack your memory, look at all the information that police have put out, it's all over the media now.
"And see if you have any photographs that might be of use to the police, do you recognise the phone numbers, the Portuguese numbers the police have released, did you even accidentally receive a call from any of them or have it in your contacts.
"Anything, no matter how minor it may seem, anybody that was in the Algarve in May 2007, or just before that in fact, might have some vital piece of information that could still help the police to build a case against this man, if indeed he is involved."
Detectives have received hundreds of calls since the appeal.
'Christian B' remains the source of much scrutiny after he was named by authorities as the “main suspect” in Madeleine’s disappearance in Portugal.