Polish girl claiming to be Madeleine McCann gets negative DNA test

Polish girl claiming to be Madeleine McCann gets negative DNA test


April 4, 2023 | 6:30 in the morning

A Polish woman who believes she is missing British girl Madeleine McCann is not the same person who was abducted in Portugal in 2007, the results of a DNA test have concluded.

Julia Faustyna, 21, had claimed on Instagram and TikTok that she could be McCann, who disappeared from a family holiday more than a decade ago, because of their shared age and appearance.

The results were revealed late Monday by Fia Johansson, a private investigator working with Faustyna.

“She is absolutely 100 percent from Poland,” Johansson told RadarOnline.com.

“She is a small percentage of Lithuanian and Russian, but the test results show that she is Polish.”

Faustyna went to great lengths in an attempt to prove she was Madeleine, including submitting samples for three different forensic examinations to sequence her DNA and a 23andMe-style genetic test to determine her parentage.

DNA results prove that Julia Faustyna, also known as listed in some reports as Julia Wendell or Julia Wandelt, is not Madeleine McCann.Instagram / @iammadeleinemccan

She doubled during a recent appearance on “Dr. Phil,” denying her parents’ claims that she stole her birth certificate and childhood photos to hide her true identity.

In a written statement aired on the show, Faustyna’s parents – who insist they are the woman’s biological relatives – said it was “obvious that Julia is not Maddie”.

“For us as a family, it is clear that Julia is a daughter, niece, sister, niece, cousin and step-niece. We have memories, we have photographs”, they said. “Julia also has these photos because she took them from the family home with the birth certificate, as well as the many discharges from the hospital.”

A photo of Madeleine McCann before her disappearance on May 3, 2007. METROPOLITAN POLICE/AFP via Gett A photo of a young Julia Faustyna.Instagram / @iammadeleinemccan

Faustyna, who first made her claims on Instagram and TikTok, denied her family’s narrative and accused her mother of always changing the subject whenever Faustyna questioned her parentage or birth.

She told Dr. Phil that she had never seen a picture of her pregnant mother and that she has few memories of her childhood.

The first six pages of her Polish children’s health book – issued to every child in the country – are also mysteriously blank, she revealed.

On social media, Faustyna has tried to prove her case by pointing out physical similarities between herself and Madeleine – including a brown spot over each girl’s right eye.

Kate and Gerry McCann pose with a computer-generated image of what their missing daughter Madeleine may now look like, during a press conference in London May 2, 2012. REUTERS Faustyna in “Dr. Phil” on March 27, 2023.Dr. Phil

Police investigating Madeleine’s disappearance have spent about $16 million on Operation Grange since 2011 and are expected to receive $370,000 in new funding to investigate what happened to the abducted little girl, according to recent reports.

Faustyna, who has also been listed in some reports as Julia Wendell or Julia Wandelt, previously said that if ancestry and DNA results proved she is not Madeleine, she would still not want contact with her Polish family.

“If she is my mother, I don’t want to have contact with her, that’s all, but I believe she is not my mother,” she said.

Madeleine’s parents have not publicly commented on Faustyna’s claims.

Their 3-year-old daughter McCann disappeared from her bed while the family was on holiday in Portugal in May 2007.

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