The results of the DNA test were eventually released to the 21-year-old who made headlines across the world earlier this year when she claimed to be missing British child Madeleine McCann.
In February, a woman going by the names Julia Wendell, Julia Faustyna, and Julia Wandelt went viral after making the shocking claim that she is McCann, the three-year-old who disappeared from a Portuguese vacation in 2007.
Wendell constructed an Instagram account with the handle “Help me, I need to talk with Kate and Gerry McCann” (the username is “iammadeleinemccan”) and posted “proof” of her claim, such as photos of herself next to Madeleine and a list of similarities between the two.
The Polish woman fled her home country because of death threats she received in response to her plight, but she insists she is telling the truth.
Last month, a Swiss AI firm conducted a comprehensive facial recognition test to assess if the 21-year-claim old’s would be accurate, and the results put serious doubt on her story.
Ava-X allegedly submitted Wendell and McCann’s mugshots into the Iris facial recognition system. The computer analysis concluded that the possibility of the young woman being missing Madeleine was “practically impossible.”
Co-founder Christian Fehrlin told reporters that the technology successfully matched Wendell’s childhood and adult images, but was unable to do so with Madeleine’s photos.
“When we did the same with Maddie’s picture, no match could be found,” Fehrlin told Swiss newspaper Blick.
Meanwhile, the girl’s loved ones have harshly criticized her story.
“For us as a family it is obvious that Julia is our daughter, granddaughter, sister, niece, cousin and step niece,” the family said in a statement.
“We have memories, we have pictures. Julia also has these photos, because she took them from the family home with the birth certificate, as well as numerous hospital discharges.”
But, Wendell is dead focused on getting this resolved once and for all; she even went on Dr. Phil to get more people talking about her issue.
Having fled Poland for her own safety, she has since settled in the United States, where she allegedly took a DNA test to establish her family’s relationship to the McCanns.
But now we know she is not Madeleine; she is actually Polish with Lithuanian and Romanian ancestry, as evidenced by these tests.
Speaking to RadarOnline, Dr. Fia Johansson said: “She is absolutely 100 percent from Poland. She is a small percentage of Lithuanian and Russian but the test results show she is Polish.”
Dr. Johansson, Julia’s legal counsel, has indicated that she has a “gut feeling” that her client isn’t Madeleine, despite the fact that the test results haven’t yet been made public.
“We learned a few things, one being that Julia’s mum is in fact now believed to be her mum, so she is not Madeleine McCann,” Dr. Johansson said.
“They’re not 100% but they believe that Julia’s mum is in fact her mum. They’re questioning her father’s side. They’re checking into that, that’s part of what they’re doing with the DNA.
“But Julia’s mum is in fact her mum is what they’re believing and she is not in fact Madeleine McCann.”
British sources say that the government will be allocated hundreds of thousands of pounds to continue the search for Madeleine.
A source close to the investigation said: “This is excellent news. Maddie’s parents Kate and Gerry will be delighted. It gives fresh hope.”
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For the sake of Madeleine McCann’s tortured parents, I can only pray that this matter is resolved soon.
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