Julia Faustyna aka Julia Wendel Polish woman is determined not to Madeleine McCann facial analysis concludes according to Swiss Ava-X study.
Who exactly is Julia Faustyna? A 21 year old Polish woman who galvanised international attention following claims that she believed herself to be missing 3 year old British girl Madeleine McCann is likely not the girl who was abducted in Portugal in 2007, a facial recognition analysis concluded.
Julia Faustyna also going by the name of Julia Wendell failed to match photos of McCann in a facial recognition comparison of the two.
Following claims that Faustyna was the missing British girl, Swiss AI company Ava-X ran photos of her and McCann through its Iris facial recognition software, the Swiss newspaper Blick reported.
‘It’s practically impossible for the young Pole to be Maddie,’ Ava-X’s co-founder Christian Fehrlin told the outlet.
Fehrlin noted that while childhood and adult photos of Faustyna matched — a comparison between photos of McCann and Faustyna did not.
#JuliaFaustyna is not #MadeleineMcCann, the girls are not alike. Eye similarity is in a different segment, eye, nose, mouth and head shape are different, less eyebrow, skin tone darker and the list goes on. McCann’s deserves rest, it will not eventuate. pic.twitter.com/Drej0f4t1O
— White Aboriginal (@wordsstick) March 15, 2023
‘No match could be found’
‘That scored a hit,’ Fehrlin said. ‘However, when we did the same with Maddie’s picture, no match could be found.’
Ava-X’s technology breaks the image of a person’s face up into different parts and then checks if the parts match any other images in other databases, Fehrlin explained.
Faustyna claimed she first heard that she was the missing girl from her grandmother a few months ago, and has tried to prove her case by sharing physical similarities between herself and McCann — including a distinct brown smudge on each girl’s right iris.
In Maddie’s case, the smudge was caused by an extremely rare condition in her right eye, otherwise known as coloboma which police had hoped for years would help identify her.
Who exactly is Julia?
‘I have similar eyes, shape of face, ears, lips, I had the gap between the teeths [as Madeleine],’ Julia previously wrote in an Instagram post, with side-by-side photos of herself and the kidnapped child, who is presumed dead.
Faustyna has also claimed to have very few childhood memories and says she is suspicious of her parents because she has never seen a photo of her mother pregnant. The Polish woman’s family to date has refused to submit DNA tests as requested by the daughter as she seeks to ascertain her legitimate identity amid suspicion she may have been trafficked as a youth.
The missing girl’s parents, Gerry and Kate McCann, have agreed to take a DNA test to determine if they are related.
Internet users have also speculated that Faustyna could be Swiss girl Livia Schepp, who disappeared in 2011 with her twin Alessia, aged six.
‘Julia is very open to the idea she may indeed be another missing child and they are hoping to carry out a DNA test with her family,’ Julia’s guardian and private investigator, Dr. Fia Johansson recently told The Sun.
Julia and Johansson who have since relocated to the United States for ‘security reasons’ continue to await Julia’s DNA test results which may definitely prove if she is Madeleine McCann and if not, who exactly she is and who exactly she is not as the world watches on.