The story of Julia Wendell, the young woman who claims to be Madeleine McCann, not only went around the world but, in recent weeks, has also occupied a central place on the front pages of newspapers and digital sites internationally.
It is that the 21-year-old Polish girl opened an Instagram account to try to prove that she was the girl who disappeared in Praia da Luz, Portugal, on May 3, 2007.
In just a few days, Wendell managed to amass more than 1 million followers on her social media account and gathered a cadre of fans who helped her justify her belief. Wendell was in charge of making numerous publications highlighting her resemblance to little Maddie and her family.
During these last weeks, the young woman has spent collecting and publishing all kinds of “evidence” that linked her to the McCann family: photos in which you can see the physical similarity, gestures, information that she does not understand about her childhood, etc.
On several occasions, Julia pointed out that she suspected it was Maddie due to the lack of information she has about her childhood, as well as her adoptive parents’ refusal to answer certain questions, give her a DNA test or give her a birth certificate, among other things. things.
However, the Polish and British police closed the investigation saying that Wendell is not the girl who disappeared in 2007, and canceled her Instagram account, where she posted her supposed evidence that she was Maddie, for fraud.
First of all, the authorities denied that Julia, 21, was Maddie, since the little girl who disappeared in Portugal would currently be 19 years old. In addition, after comparing the images of both faces with the Stable Diffusion Artificial Intelligence tool, it was concluded that there were differences in the chin and eye area.
We must not lose sight of the fact that, on other occasions, several girls claimed to be the British girl. The investigations ended up denying them all.
In this framework, the young Polish woman changed her version and the cause took a turn. No one supported her around her, except her legal representative, Fia Johansson, a medium and private investigator who accompanied her throughout the process. Wendell admitted that it may not be McCann, and the psychic said Julia “could be another missing and kidnapped girl.” Johansson said she had “evidence” that her mother was “hiding something” since she “forced the entire family to refuse to do a DNA test” and that she tried to “bribe the psychiatrist” treating the young woman.
That other missing girl would be Livia Schepp, a child under 6 years of age and Swiss nationality, who was kidnapped from her home along with her twin sister Alessia, in January 2011.
“We reached out to a relative of Livia’s who asked if Julia would be willing to take a DNA test, because the family just wants to make sure she’s not Livia,” Rep. Johansson said.