‘I discovered what happened to Madeleine McCann, and I connected the dots,’ says Julia Wendel. ‘It’s so stressful trying to get people to believe me“
Madeleine McCann, a British toddler who went missing in Portugal 16 years ago while on vacation with her family, is said to be a 22-year-old Polish woman who claims to have confirmation of her identity.
Julia Wendel, the young woman whose claim went viral on social media, claimed last week that she had been abused as a youngster by a German pedophile who was a key suspect in the disappearance. She added that the McCann family had contacted her about running a DNA test to see if they were a match.
Wendy is 21 years old, but she thinks her age might be off. Maddie was born in May 2003, making her age as of right now 19 years old. Wendel claims she shares the same eye abnormality as the missing child, and she claimed to resemble Madeleine’s parents, Gary and Kate.
A source close to the McCann family has said in recent news reports that “The family is willing to examine any references and is not taking any chances. They must consider all the circumstances, and the girl does resemble the other girl. Nobody is arguing that point. There is a possibility that it is her if what she claims is accurate.”
Wendel claims that she was unaware of the McCann disappearance until she began enquiring about her parents’ stories regarding her childhood, which she had no memories of. Wendel stated: “The memories are very blurry, and when I talked about them with my parents, things didn’t match up. They always tried to change the subject.”
“My teacher at school said that I didn’t always attend school, but my parents insist that I did,” she continued. “After all that confusion, I started doing my own research, I discovered what happened to Madeleine McCann, and I connected the dots. It’s so stressful trying to get people to believe me.”
Julia Wandelt, 21, went viral last week after posting on social media, claiming that she is Madeleine, and posting evidence including birthmarks that look similar to the missing British girl.
Julia, from Poland, claims to have a freckle on her leg and a speck in her eye in the same places as the British girl, as well as looking similar to her parents Kate and Gerry.
Now, she has shared comparison photos of herself and Kate McCann smiling. The separate images were posted as a collage to her @iammadeleinemcann Instagram page with people suggesting they resemble one another.
It’s understood the McCanns are taking no chances and want to find out if the mysterious social media user is in fact their daughter who has now been missing for almost 16 years.
A source close to the McCanns said: “The family is taking no chances, 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.
She claims that the Polish and British police have ignored her and that she needs a DNA test to establish her identity as Madeleine, who vanished from her vacation apartment in Portugal 16 years ago.
The young woman’s family in Poland appears to have abandoned her, despite the fact that it is claimed the McCanns had consented to the DNA test.
She sobbed and revealed that her own family had contacted her to voice their disapproval.
She said: “My grandma phoned me,” in the video. She declared that I am a very awful person and that she no longer wants to interact with me. She began yelling at me.