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19th Feb 2023

Madeleine McCann’s family ask for DNA test on Polish girl claiming to be Madeleine


Madeleine McCann

‘Help me, I need to talk with Kate and Gerry McCann’

A Polish woman says Madeleine McCann’s family have asked her to take a DNA test following her claims that she is the British girl who went missing in 2007.

Julia Wandelt, 21, went viral this week after posting on Instagram claiming that she is Madeleine, who was just four years old when she disappeared from her family’s holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal in 2007.

Julia claims to have a freckle on her leg and a speck in her eye in the same places as Madeleine. She also thinks she looks similar to Maddie’s parents, Kate and Gerry McCann.

She now claims that the missing girl’s family have asked her to take a DNA test.

A source close to the McCanns told The Mirror: “The family are taking no chances, they are willing to look at all leads. It is important they look at all of the factors. The girl does look similar. There’s no disputing that.

“If what she says is true, there is every chance it could be her. It all adds up.”

It is believed a McCann family member has come forward to offer to take part in a DNA test. Julia hopes to make direct contact with the McCanns and created an Instagram account named @iammadeleinemcan earlier this week – the profile now has more than 400,000 followers.

In a widely shared video, the woman explains that a comment from her grandmother prompted her to think she may be the missing youngster a few years ago.

In the video, she says: “According to documents I am 21 years old, but I think, personally, when someone kidnapped a child, he or she probably changed its ID.”

She then proceeds to illustrate what similarities she has to Maddie, revealing two freckles on her leg, before saying “I hope you believe me”. Another post on her Instagram account illustrates she has a speck next to her eye that resembles Maddie’s.

Her Instagram bio says: “Help me, I need to talk with Kate and Gerry McCann”

In a post published on Friday, the woman claimed she talked to someone who claimed to be Madeleine’s cousin and told her she could “have a possibility” to talk to Kate and Gerry McCann to arrange a DNA test.

Answering questions she was asked by some followers, the unnamed woman said she does not remember being taken away and has no recollection of most details of her childhood.

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