DNA results are in for Polish woman who claimed to be Madeleine McCann

Mccan left, Julia Wendell right.

The DNA results are in for the Polish woman who in February claimed to be Madeleine McCann, the toddler who disappeared on a family vacation in Portugal in 2007. The woman, 21 year old Julia Wendell, is not the missing girl, according to a DNA test.

In a statement posted on Instagram, Wendell’s spokesperson, psychic medium Dr Fia Johansson, said that although it was impossible to confirm without DNA results from both parents, the test results showed that Wendell was 100% of Polish origin, with some heritage from Lithuania and Russia. The test results showed no connection to British or even German roots, she said.

However, Dr Johansson stressed that Wendell had truly believed that she was the missing girl. Dr Johansson wrote…

“This story is much more complicated than a simple girl from a small town in Poland claiming to get attention. She truly believed what she was saying, and with so many questions about her childhood it is easy to understand where she was coming [from].”


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Dr Johansson also spent almost a week in Poland investigating Julia’s claims and trying to get her parents to give a DNA test, The Sun reported. Dr Johansson revealed to the outlet that Julia is also facing a nervous wait for the results of further health tests as doctors fear she may have leukaemia.

Back in February, Julia claimed that she first began to consider the possibility that she could be Madeleine after her grandmother suggested it to her. She also claimed that her mother and family may have known about a pedophile, which could suggest a link to Madeleine’s case. However, Julia admitted that she doesn’t remember much of her childhood, including the moment when she was allegedly taken.

According to The Jerusalem Post, Wendell’s parents released a statement after their daughter’s initial claims and said they were her parents and her claims were false.

Madeleine disappeared while on vacation with her family in Portugal when she was just three years old. Her parents left her and her two year old twin siblings in an unlocked rental while they ate at a nearby restaurant. When Madeleine’s mother returned to check on the children, she was missing. Initially, her parents were suspects in her disappearance, but they were cleared by authorities the following year.

In mid-2020, German authorities identified Christian Brueckner as a suspect, but he was never charged. Then, in 2022, Portuguese prosecutors said there was an official suspect in the case, although it is still unclear who that suspect is. The search for Madeleine continues.

While Wendell’s claims turned out to be false, they highlight the ongoing interest and curiosity surrounding McCann’s disappearance, and the lengths some people will go to try to solve the case.

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Tara Abhasakun

A Thai-American dual citizen, Tara has reported news and spoken on a number of human rights and cultural news issues in Thailand. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in history from The College of Wooster. She interned at Southeast Asia Globe, and has written for a number of outlets. Tara reports on a range of Thailand news issues.