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Polish woman claiming to be Madeleine McCann shares new photo ‘proof’

Madeleine McCann vigil in Rothley, 15 years after going missing

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A 21-year-old woman claiming to be Madeleine McCann shared a new photograph of her smile that she thinks is further proof she is the young girl. The woman is claiming she is Madeleine, who disappeared in May 2007 in Praia da Luz in the Algarve, Portugal. In an attempt to prove she is the missing youngster, she posted the picture side-by-side with an image of Kate McCann, suggesting similarities between the two.

Julia Wandelt, from Poland, has built an Instagram profile, now with 370,000 followers, posting dozens of pictures she thinks act as proof.

In the bio of her page, she stated: “I think I can be Madeleine. I need a DNA test. Police investigators from UK and Poland try to ignore me. I will tell my story in posts here.”

Among the “proof” are a freckle on her leg and a speck in her eye in the same places as the missing girl.

Wandelt has also annotated pictures of her eye, which appears to be a similar colour to Maddie’s.


Many have slammed the page with some users calling for it to be reported. The Instagram account, given the name @iammadelinemcan, notably spells the second name McCann wrong.

Despite public scepticism, a source close to the McCanns said the family is “taking no chances”, reported BirminghamLive.

“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,” they said.

On Friday (February 17), the woman claimed she had spoken to a person claiming to be Maddie’s cousin who said there was a “possibility” to talk with Kate and Gerry McCann about taking a DNA test.

Users following the social media page have asked Julia some obvious questions, including how she was taken away.

In one post, she claimed she didn’t remember her childhood or being “taken away” but in another said she had been abused.

The latest breakthrough on Maddie’s case was in 2020 when a German suspect publicly labelled Christian B was named by investigators.

At the time, Clarence Mitchell, Maddie’s parents’ spokesman, said: “Kate and Gerry do feel it’s potentially very significant. They have welcomed the appeal; they’re not doing any interviews themselves about it because they wish the focus to remain on the police request rather than they themselves.”

He explained it was the first time in over 13 years that the police had focused on a specific individual, as far as he could recall.

He added: “There have there been countless sightings, tipoffs, rumours, assumptions made largely by the media about A or B, which have all suddenly come to nothing.

“Nor would I want to talk about any sense of hope or optimism around this one, given the circumstances. But, as I say, in my memory of being involved in the case, the police have never been quite so specific about an individual, as they have been in this appeal.”

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