Biometric analysis shows that a young woman claiming that she is Madeleine McCann is not the missing British girl.
Julia Wendell from Poland has gone viral after creating an Instagram account and claiming that she is Maddie after hearing a comment from her grandmother.
She also previously claimed that Maddie’s parents approached her to take a DNA test.
Julia is now 21 but she believes her age could be wrong as Maddie was born in 2003, which means that she would now be 19.
But Francisco Marco, a private detective who led the search for Madeleine, said that he has carried out a biometric analysis.
Speaking to Spanish network RAC1, he said: “I have done a biometric search and there is no resemblance to Madeleine’s features.”
The detective also said that it was strange that Julia shared ‘unsubstantiated claims’ online before contacting Maddie’s family.
“I can think it’s a fraud, but I can’t stay without evidence,” he continued. “This girl contacted the police and no one paid attention to her, and she later opened the Instagram account where she now has thousands of followers when she had very few before.”
Julia recently took to Instagram Story and said that she talked to someone from Maddie’s family, adding that DNA test will be carried out soon.
However, her claims have not yet been addressed by the McCanns.
In her Instagram bio, she wrote; “I think I can be Madeleine. I need DNA test. Police investigators from UK and Poland try to ignore me. I will tell my story in posts here. Help me.”
This comes after a source close to the family told the Daily Star Sunday that the McCanns are ‘willing to look at all leads.’
“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,” the source said.
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“If what she says is true, there is every chance it could be her. It all adds up.”
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