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16 years after the controversial disappearance of Madeleine McCann, a woman came to the public and revealed that she was indeed the missing daughter of Gerry and Kate McCann. A 21-year-old Polish woman named Julia Wendell believes she is Madeleine and claims she was abducted. With the baffling revelation making waves across the world, people are now wondering if Julia is the real Madeleine McCann. What is the truth behind this shocking controversy? Let’s discuss the updates on Madeleine’s case as we get closer to the truth.

Who is Julia Wendell and why is she claiming that she is Madeleine McCann?

Julia Wendell, who also goes by the name Julia Faustyna/Julia Wandelt, raised eyebrows after posting a video of her claiming she was the missing British child back.


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May 3, 2007, a day that the McCann family will never forget. During a vacation at the Ocean Club in Praia da Luz in Portugal, Kate and Gerry McCann were having dinner outside of their apartment with some friends. Their children (Madeleine and her two younger siblings) were left at the apartment and were tucked into bed. Later that night, the parents would discover Madeleine is not in bed and cannot be found anywhere. They immediately reported the disappearance of Maddie to the cops. A search and rescue operation was hastily begun but no signs of the young child were found. For many years, this has been one of the most baffling unsolved kidnapping cases in history. Until Julia Wendell came to the scene.

Julia Wendell, a 21-year-old woman from Poland has been making her case that she is really the real grown-up Madeleine McCann. According to her, she and Maddie share the same dark mark on their eyes and some identifying body marks. She also believes she has been abducted during her childhood as she does not have any memories during that time of her life. Plus, Julia cannot identify her real age as she also has not seen any birth certificate. It’s bewildering and intriguing, but Julia’s parents deny her claims that she was kidnapped. Today, Madeleine McCann would probably be 20 years old and it may be time to shed the truth about her disappearance.

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Is Julia Wendell the real Madeleine McCann? Latest updates as the DNA results have come out

Wendell has been firm on her claims and she is now working with Fia Johansson, a private investigator. The two have been working together to prove that Julia is the real Madeleine McCann.

In the past few weeks, Julia is currently residing in an unknown facility in America after Johansson moved her from Poland. She has also submitted DNA samples for three different forensic DNA tests that will reveal her DNA sequence. The results will then be compared to Madeleine’s DNA. In addition to these examinations, Julia will also undergo a genetic test to find out her ancestral heritage.

“If the results come back that she’s British or from that area then we are going to continue our investigation into Madeleine McCann and communicate with the detectives in Portugal,” said Johansson.

Update as of April: However, the DNA results that came back revealed that Julia Wendell is NOT Madeleine McCann.

The test results came back negative, proving that Julia is indeed not the missing Madeleine. Fia Johnson, who has been working with Julia in these past months, has confirmed the results via her Instagram account. Johnson said “We finally know the reality” and that Julia is not even an inch close to being of British origin. The results came back proving that Julia Wendell is 100% Polish. However, Wendell’s parents and the McCanns did not take any DNA test which led to Johnson thinking “It is impossible to tell for sure without the parent’s DNA results on either side”.


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What’s the latest update on the Madeleine case?

The parents of Maddie and the authorities are still actively trying to solve this case. Until now, they haven’t given up on Madeleine’s disappearance. With Julia waiting for the results of her DNA tests, this sensational controversy is still far from over.

Meanwhile, the police are still getting funded to continue their investigation. For almost 2 decades, this case has already used up Millions of Euros.

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