Polish police have finally broken their silence, and offered an update on the situation after Julia Faustyna claimed to be missing child Madeleine McCann.
She first caught the attention of people through her Instagram account, where she began posting photos of all the physical similarities between her and Madeliene, who famously went missing in Portugal in 2007.
This comes after the 21 year-old began questioning her identity, when a comment from her grandmother sparked her to look closer at Madeleine’s unique features.
Faustyna brought attention to similar freckles and moles, as well as a distinct mark in her right eye, very similar to the long-time missing girl.
Alongside this, to back up her theory, she posted side by side photos of her similarities to Madeleine’s parents, Gerry and Kate McCann.
These posts gained so much attention, that Faustyna even claimed she got them to agree to do a DNA test, however this has not yet been officially confirmed.
Now, polish police have spoken out on the situation.
As cited by the Mirror, Pawel Noga of the Provincial Police Headquarters in Wroclaw has ruled out any possibility that Julia could be the missing girl.
Speaking to the Polish outlet Gazeta, police revealed that they visited Julia’s home and were presented with a birth certificate and childhood photos by her family to prove her identity.
Speculation around Faustyna’s appearance started to become more apparent after expert Simone Malik showed what Madeleine McCann would most likely ‘look[s] like now,’ in comparison to the woman who is claiming to be her.
Malik has offered her expertise to the Daily Star, saying “I believe that this isn’t Madeleine McCann – obviously DNA is the only thing that would prove it.”
“For me what really gave it away is her jawline. In my earlier drawing of Madeleine McCann, I really emphasized that jawline.”
“Even as a youngster when you look at her, at those pictures, I imagine [she] would grow up to have a jawline [that’s] sharp and chiseled, an angular jawline very much like her mother Kate McCann. So, if you look at Julia, she has a very prominent chin, a long prominent chin, a rounded jawline which in earlier pictures you can actually see the jawline is very rounded and it goes up, it’s quite long. There are no angles to her jawline whatsoever.”
Faustyna’s parents have also recently spoken out, denying their daughter’s claims, and have made it known that their daughter has a history of struggling with mental illness.
“For us as a family it is obvious that Julia is our daughter, granddaughter, sister, niece, cousin and step niece. We have memories, we have pictures,” they said.
“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. Julia once wanted to be a singer, a model. She always wanted to be popular.”
Despite this, the search for Madeleine continues.