The Polish woman who thinks she could be Madeleine McCann says she will submit her DNA to Scotland Yard to determine if she is the missing girl if her ancestry results reveal a British connection.
Speaking on Dr Phil on Monday, Julia Faustyna, also known as Wendell or Wandelt, stood by her claim she is the missing British girl as she revealed more about the reasons fuelling her theory.
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The 21-year-old previously shared, via her now-deleted Instagram account @iammadeleinemccann, “evidence” that she was the missing girl, including side-by-side childhood photos of her and Madeleine showing a similar eye defect.
Faustyna said she has post-traumatic amnesia as a result of being sexually abused as a child by a paedophile she recognises as facial composite image 4B from the Find Madeleine website.
She also said she does not remember large parts of her early childhood and has never seen her birth certificate.
Her parents insist the claims are nothing more than a cruel hoax and that their daughter is not the British girl who vanished at three years of age while on a family holiday in Portugal. Faustyna is adamant they are wrong.
“About a year ago I started to research on the internet because I started to think that maybe I’m (a) missing child,” Faustyna said on Dr Phil.
“I thought in my life something is wrong here because my mother didn’t hug me, didn’t say, ‘I love you’ so it was a little suspicious to me.
“I want to know who I am, and I want to know if I am Madeleine McCann.”
She also claimed her mother refused to show her photos of her at age three or four and her children’s health book was blank for the first six years of her life.
The 21-year-old told Dr Phil she was still waiting on the results for the three DNA samples and a genetic test submitted to determine her family history.
When asked what she will do if the DNA results show that her mother is her biological relative, she said, “I don’t know”.
However, Faustyna agreed she would provide her DNA to Scotland Yard to be compared with Madeleine McCann’s if her tests show her roots come from Britain.
Faustyna claims she only remembers select moments from her childhood, which her spokesperson — private investigator Fia Johansson — says shows eerie similarities to Madeleine’s last known location.
“I don’t believe she’s lying about the memories … I believe she remembers things, she’s trying to connect with those thoughts, ‘Is it really possible that I was there at that time?’,” she told Dr Phil.
“I have to figure it out, who is this girl?”
‘Julia isn’t Maddie’: Family
Johansson has denied Faustyna is making the claim for publicity and says the 21-year-old genuinely believes her own theory.
However, Faustyna’s family do not agree and attribute her claims to a combination of poor mental health and a lifelong desire to be in the public eye.
“It is obvious to us as a family that Julia is our daughter, granddaughter, sister, niece, cousin and stepdaughter,” they said in a statement earlier.
“We have memories, we have photos.
“We always tried to help her get back on her feet. Julia has been of age for several years. She has moved out of the house, (she) refuses treatment, doesn’t take medicines regularly.
“She also did not take advantage of the treatment opportunity at a very good centre in Poland, which agreed to accept her.
“The internet doesn’t forget, and it’s obvious that Julia isn’t Maddie. We are devastated by the current situation.”
The family’s stance is supported by a tech company’s recent facial recognition analysis, which it says quashed Faustyna’s claims.
Software company Deep Impact recently used its AVA-X technology to run the facial recognition analysis, which works by comparing pictures of people and determining whether it is the same person.
“In the case of Julia, her childhood photos were matched with her current face and also a current photo with a photo of Maddie,” CEO Christian Fehrlin told 7NEWS.com.au earlier.
“The results were very clear … it is 99 per cent impossible that Julia is the missing Maddie.”
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