(By Christoph Meyer in London and Christian Brahmann, dpa)

London (dpa) – The parents of missing British girl Madeleine McCann on Tuesday denied receiving a letter from German investigators “that states there is evidence or proof” that she is dead…

In a statement on their website, Kate and Gerry McCann said British media reports about the correspondence had caused “unnecessary anxiety to friends and family and once again disrupted [their] lives.”

“The widely reported news that we have received a letter from the German authorities that states there is evidence or proof that Madeleine is dead is false,” they said.

“Any recent comments attributed in the media have not come from us unless they have been posted on our website,” they added.

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Contents of correspondence has not been revealed

The lead prosecutor in the case, Hans Christian Wolters, told dpa that German authorities had sent several pieces of correspondence to the parents, but declined to give details about their content.

Several weeks ago, German prosecutors said they were investigating a 43-year-old German in connection with the suspected murder of Madeleine McCann while on holiday in Portugal with her parents in 2007.

The man is currently serving a prison sentence in the northern city of Kiel for a separate drug offence. He was recently placed into solitary confinement to prevent other inmates from attacking him over the McCann case.

Also on Tuesday, a court in Kiel referred a request by the suspect’s lawyer to release him to serve out the rest of his sentence on probation to another court in Braunschweig, arguing that the lower court was more familiar with the case.

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