Julia Faustyna DNA test results reveal her not to be Madeleine McCann missing British girl as Polish woman now claims she could still be related to case as her fame and social media clout continues to grow.
The public spectacle is hardly over. A 21 year old Polish woman who claims she is missing Madeleine McCann has been revealed not to be the missing 3 year old British girl who disappeared during a holiday with her parents in 2004, DNA test results have finally revealed.
Julia Faustyna also going by the name of Julia Wendell was thrust into the spotlight after claiming, via her now-deleted Instagram account @iammadeleinemccann, that she was Madeleine, who vanished at three years of age while on a family holiday in Portugal.
The 21-year-old and her spokesperson, private investigator Fia Johansson, spent weeks awaiting results for DNA and family ancestry tests in hopes they would back up Faustyna’s claims.
Faustyna last week appearing on the Dr Phil show, said she would submit her DNA to Scotland Yard to be compared to Madeleine’s if it showed British ancestry.
However, that will not be necessary, with Johansson revealing the woman is ‘absolutely, 100 per cent from Poland’.
‘She is a small percentage of Lithuanian and Russian but the test results show she is Polish,’ she told Radar Online.
Faustyna’s social media posts went viral over her ‘evidence’ she was the missing girl, which included side-by-side childhood photos of herself and Madeleine showing a similar eye defect.
She also said she had post-traumatic amnesia as a result of being sexually abused as a child by a paedophile she recognises as facial composite image 4B from the Find Madeleine website. She also claims to have never seen her birth certificate.
Despite the results debunking Faustyna’s theory, Johansson believes the man who allegedly sexually abused her as a child may be linked to the McCann case.
‘Julia had all the birthmarks as Madeleine McCann, which I believe is God and the universe’s way of wanting us to get close to the man who sexually abused her, expose him, and his possible ties to the McCann case,’ she told Radar Online.
Faustyna told Dr Phil last week she started to research whether she could be Madeleine ‘about a year ago’ after she started to think ‘maybe I’m (a) missing child’.
‘I thought in my life something is wrong here because my mother didn’t hug me, didn’t say, ‘I love you’ so it was a little suspicious to me,’ she told the television host.
Perhaps Julia is the person she dares not admit she is
‘I want to know who I am, and I want to know if I am Madeleine McCann.’
Throughout the public ordeal, Faustyna’s Polish family who resisted calls to submit their own DNA maintained their daughter was not the missing girl and instead attributed the claims to a combination of poor mental health and a lifelong desire to be in the public eye.
‘It is obvious to us as a family that Julia is our daughter, granddaughter, sister, niece, cousin and stepdaughter,’ the family previously stated along with providing evidence of images of Julia as a child.
‘We have memories, we have photos.
‘We always tried to help her get back on her feet. Julia has been of age for several years. She has moved out of the house, (she) refuses treatment, doesn’t take medicines regularly.
The family explained that they had offered to provide Wendell with therapists, medicine and support over the years, adding: ‘Julia once wanted to be a singer, a model. She always wanted to be popular. What’s happening now is she [has] 1 million followers.
Clout, social media followers, money?
‘The internet won’t forget, and it’s obvious that Julia isn’t Maddie. We are devastated at this current situation.’
The family’s stance was supported by a tech company’s recent facial recognition analysis, which compares pictures of people to determine whether it is the same individual.
Software company Deep Impact used its AVA-X technology to run the facial recognition analysis of Madeleine and Faustyna and said the results were ‘very clear’ — Faustyna is not Madeleine.
Johansson has since found herself on the back foot, refuting claims that she and Julia have profited from the situation.
‘We didn’t actually get a dime to be involved with Dr Phil’s show,’ she said in a since-expired series of Instagram stories, according to The Daily Star.
‘Julia just went on the stage and was herself and told the truth.
‘A lot of you ask if Julia made some sort of money by going to any type of press … no.’