Christian Brueckner, key suspect in Madeleine McCann case, has been pictured in the VW campervan that police believe was used to kidnap the 3-year-old. 

The video, obtained by Mail Online, of Brueckner was taken just three weeks before the disappearance of Madeleine.

He can be seen laughing and joking in the back of the van as he observes a map. He later gave three German travellers a lift to Malaga, Spain.

The video was shot on March 30 2007, only five weeks before Madeleine was taken from her Portuguese holiday home in Praia da Luz, sparking a 13-year global manhunt.

A man known as Tomas told Mail Online: ‘He seemed like any other ordinary young man. He was cheerful and joked a lot and happy to give us a ride in his VW van.

‘He didn’t mind us filming him and taking his pictures. He was happy to pose and must have known we could never suspect what a terrible man he really was.

‘It is scary to know now that he was a rapist of an elderly woman and targeted children. We couldn’t have known that he was such a monster in truth.

‘Of course, we don’t know if he took Maddie who the police say is dead. That is all up to the detectives to prove. But he is their main suspect and now they are digging the ground where he lived near Hanover. They are serious about him.’

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