German police investigating the disappearance of British girl Madeleine McCann in Portugal in 2007 are searching a garden plot on the outskirts of Hannover in northern Germany for a third day in a row.
Police are using excavators, sniffer dogs, shovels and rakes to investigate the plot.
Prosecutors did not say what exactly the investigators were looking for. A spokeswoman for the Braunschweig prosecutor’s office said the investigation on the site was connected to their inquiry regarding Madeleine.
Madeleine was three at the time of her 2007 disappearance from an apartment while her family was on holiday in the seaside town of Praia da Luz in Portugal’s Algarve region.
German authorities said last month they had identified a 43-year-old German citizen as a suspect in the case and are investigating him on suspicion of murder.
They have not released the suspect’s name, but he has been widely identified by German media as Christian B.
He was last registered as living in Germany in the city of Braunschweig, which is about 40 miles from Hannover.
Between 2013 and 2015, the suspect spent time in both Portugal and Germany.
He ran a kiosk in Braunschweig and also lived in Hannover for several years, the dpa agency reported.
At the garden plot, investigators even removed parts of the foundation of a former cabin from the ground that once stood there, dpa reported.
A man on a neighbouring plot told the news agency that the garden, where blackberry bushes and a cherry tree grow, had not been used for the last two years.