MADELEINE McCann’s parents have been sent two letters by German cops — but bungling British police have failed to pass them on.
The first, saying they were treating their daughter’s disappearance as murder after finding new evidence, was dispatched at the end of May.
The second was sent last week to update them on the investigation, according to German prosecutor Hans Christian Wolters.
Both of the notes from the German Federal Police (BKA) were sent to the McCanns indirectly via Scotland Yard.
It again highlights the disjointed investigation which involves British, German and Portuguese police.
Yesterday, The Sun told how Germany and Portugal were bickering over sharing DNA evidence that could be key to solving the case.
The BKA want to test a sample of saliva found on a bedspread in the family’s holiday apartment but the Portuguese Policia Judiciaria are reluctant to hand it over.
Last week, Mr Wolters revealed how “cumbersome” it was dealing with Portugal.
Madeleine was three when she disappeared from the Algarve resort of Praia da Luz in May 2007 while on holiday with her parents and her twin siblings.
Two weeks ago, German authorities announced that convicted paedophile Christian B, 43, was their prime suspect and said they had “concrete evidence” that Madeleine was dead.
In an interview with respected Italian daily la Repubblica, Mr Wolters said: “We have informed the parents their daughter is dead.
“There have been two letters sent to the family.
“I didn’t personally write the letters, the Federal Police in conjunction with ourselves and the British got in touch with the family.”
Christian B — who has been linked to a series of child abductions — is currently in jail for drug offences and is eligible for parole.
But he also has a seven-year sentence hanging over him after being convicted of a rape in Portugal.
The victim, 72, was attacked in 2005 close to where the McCanns had stayed.
Last night, Mr Wolters told The Sun: “I don’t want to say anything more about our contact to the McCann family.
“It’s not necessary at the moment.”
The Met Police said: “We do not comment on or confirm any private correspondence.”