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Police in Germany search garden as part of Madeleine McCann investigation

The long-running mystery of what happened to the missing toddler has captivated people around the world.

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Police in Germany are conducting a search near the city of Hanover as part of the Madeleine McCann investigation.

Officers are searching a garden area near the city, Julia Meyer, a spokeswoman for the state prosecutor in Braunschweig, told CNN on Tuesday.

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McCann went missing in 2007 while on holiday in Portugal with her family. She was age three at the time of her disappearance.

The long-running mystery of what happened to the missing toddler has captivated people around the world.

In June, prosecutors in Braunschweig told CNN they had evidence that a man jailed for an unrelated crime had killed McCann — but not enough to charge the suspect in court.