UPDATE: Woman who claims to be Madeleine McCann named

Madeleine McCann and child claiming to be her - Image Tiwtter Nakarina

07:13 (February 21) – The young woman who claims to be Madeleine McCann has been named as Julia Faustyna, also identified as Julia Wendell and Julia Wandelt, who hails from Poland but resides in Germany.

Julia, who says she has all the markings that identify Maddie and would be of a similar age, has gathered an online following of more than half a million people who all believe she could be the missing girl. Despite her claims, many are sceptical believing it all to be a hoax, but she has shown determination to go through with her claims and that includes having a DNA test.

The German prosecutor’s office is said to have agreed to a DNA test but no further information is provided. The number one suspect in the abduction case is in a German jail. Christian Brueckner, a known paedophile, is currently serving time for rape.

According to some reports German authorities did consider her claims before but as she could not provide any evidence of who she is, the investigation was dropped. She has claimed that she does not have a birth certificate and is unable to obtain one, saying she has some doubts about who she is and how old she is.

Julia also says that she has some vague memories of being molested as a child but is unable to provide more details.

Doubters do exist with many claiming that the young woman is attention-seeking and point to previous online accounts that she has had, including an Only Fans account that has since been deleted.

11:45 (February 18) -A German woman has posted a video online claiming to be Madeleine McCann who went missing in Portugal in 2007.

In the video posted online overnight and reported by the Metro on Saturday, February 18 the Polish woman claims that she has the same speck in her eye as the missing toddler, as well as freckles on her legs.

The woman says she has tried to obtain a copy of her birth certificate but has not been able, as a result of which she is now appealing for help to confirm her identity. The woman who thinks she is 21 but isn´t sure said: “Help me, I need to talk with Kate and Gerry McCann.

“I think I can be Madeleine. I need a DNA test. Police investigators from UK and Poland try to ignore me.”

TikTokkers famed for their amateur sleuthing are now calling on authorities to investigate. But not everyone is convinced with some questioning why no one has listened to her.

Madeleine McCann went missing in Portugal whilst on holiday with her parents more than 15 years ago and despite an extensive police search, she has never been found. With costs spiralling and evidence dwindling UK police have been winding down the investigation.

Latest reports on Twitter suggest that local police have agreed to undertake a DNA test next week, which will prove conclusively whether the woman´s claims are true or not.

So far there has been no reaction from the Met Police to the claims of the German woman that she is Madeleine McCann.

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Peter McLaren-Kennedy

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