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The Big Read: Ex-RUC detective warns not to 'jump to conclusions' amid frenzy over Madeleine McCann suspect


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Kate and Gerry McCann

Kate and Gerry McCann

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Madeleine McCann

Madeleine McCann

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Christian Brückner

Christian Brückner

File photo dated 05/05/07 of the Ocean Club in Praia Da Luz in the Algarve, Portugal, where Madeleine McCann went missing.

File photo dated 05/05/07 of the Ocean Club in Praia Da Luz in the Algarve, Portugal, where Madeleine McCann went missing.

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Former detective inspector Dave Edgar, hired by the McCann family to lead the investigation into the hunt for Madeleine McCann. Picture: Mark McCormick. 04/08/09

Former detective inspector Dave Edgar, hired by the McCann family to lead the investigation into the hunt for Madeleine McCann. Picture: Mark McCormick. 04/08/09

Kate and Gerry McCann

A FORMER RUC detective who spent three years hunting for Madeleine McCann last night insisted she could still be alive - and urged the world: "Don't jump to conclusions about the guilt of the new suspect."

As German prosecutors stated they believe Maddie is dead after being abducted by paedophile Christian Brückner, ex-RUC detective Dave Edgar said there is still no "hard evidence" the youngster was murdered or that the convicted rapist and child abuser was involved.

But Dave admitted the identification of Brückner as a new prime suspect in Maddie's disappearance brought back chilling memories of his investigation into British paedophile Raymond Hewlett - once believed to hold the key to Maddie's disappearance - who lived in Northern Ireland for a period.