MADELEINE McCann cops have been told of a secret compound in Portugal owned by the prime suspect's ex-lover, a report says.
German cops are reportedly seriously examining the new lead which points to a plot of a land in the Algarve – the same region where the British toddler vanished in 2007.
The secret bunker was previously guarded by four ferocious Kangal dogs – which have the strongest bite of any hound in the world, the report says.
Madeleine is believed to have been snatched from her family’s holiday apartment in Praia da Luz a few days before her fourth birthday.
In June last year, German police revealed that a convicted paedophile named as Christian B, 44, had been made the prime suspect in the long-running cold case. He denies any involvement in the alleged kidnapping.
According to the Mirror, the sex offender and his ex-girlfriend Nicole Fehlinger, also 44, had access to a secret compound which has yet to be investigated.
Nicole's father Dieter has reportedly spoken to the German equivalent of the FBI for a second time recently and mentioned the bunker which he claims no one else is aware of.
The report said prosecutors in the country have confirmed the man gave an interview to cops and that they are seriously examining the lead.
Dieter told the Mirror: “No one knows that my daughter not only had the private residence in Portugal at her disposal, but also a separate compound.
“No-one has ever searched there or the property has never turned up in connection with Maddie, Brueckner or Nicole.
"It’s an overgrown property of over 5,000 square metres. It was a secure area, enclosed with fencing and four aggressive Kangal dogs were there day and night."
He added that the area was "overgrown, not visible" and only his daughter and "perhaps" Christian B had access.
The compound is located 38 miles from Praia da Luz and very close to a house where Nicole previously lived, the report says.
Nicole lived in Portugal with Christian B who spent years in the Algarve region as a drifter allegedly breaking into and robbing holiday apartments.
There is no suggestion that Nicole Fehlinger had any involvement in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.
Christian B denies he had any involvement in the alleged snatching of the child.
Mother-of-three Nicole was part of a fostering programme in Portugal which helped troubled German kids.
She had a relationship with Christian B for a couple of years after they met at a bar.
Christian B, who is the only suspect in the case, is currently serving time in Germany for other crimes including the rape of a pensioner in Portugal.
Prosecutors say the convicted paedo's phone records place him near Madeleine's holiday flat at the the time she disappeared.
This month, cops dismissed a psychic's claims that Madeline is buried in a forest just six miles from where she vanished – because they already searched the area.
Michael Schneider, 50, who has successfully located the remains of several missing people, has given police the exact coordinates of where he thinks the Brit child's body is in Portugal.
He contacted authorities in May with the details, and they allegedly replied saying: "Your information will be appropriately incorporated into our work."
Last year, after Christian B was named the prime suspect in the case, German cops dug up an allotment rented by him.
The paedophile frequented the Hanover allotment in the years after the toddler's disappearance in 2007.
Yet, despite over a year of investigating the sex offender, police admit they still do not have enough evidence to charge him.
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