Who is Julia Faustyna? Woman who claims she’s Madeleine McCann


Julia Faustyna became an internet sensation earlier this month when she claimed to be missing British girl Madeleine McCann, who was abducted from her bed while on vacation in Portugal in May 2007.

Madeleine, who was 3 years old when she was abducted and would be 19 years old now, has been presumed dead.

Here’s what we know about Faustyna — and how much evidence she has to back up the claim.

Madeleine McCann (left) and Julia Faustyna (right)

Faustyna is a 21-year-old aspiring musician and model who has claimed on Instagram she is missing British girl Madeleine McCann.

Who is Julia Faustyna?

She has spoken briefly about her personal life, saying she has a boyfriend who “wants to leave me because of this case” and that she grew up attending school sporadically.

Faustyna says can’t remember large chunks of her early childhood, isn’t sure of her age and has never seen her birth certificate.

Faustyna is from Poland and is currently living in Germany.

Where does Julia Faustyna live?

There is very little hard proof that Faustina is the missing British girl. The 21-year-old

has claimed she first heard that she was

Madeleine from her grandmother a few months ago. What evidence does she have that she’s Madeleine?

On social media, she has documented apparent physical similarities between herself and Madeleine — including a distinct brown smudge on each girl’s right iris.

Julia Faustyna

“I have similar eyes, shape of face, ears, lips, I had the gap between the teeths [as Madeleine].”

Faustyna also claimed she is suspicious of her parents in part because she’s never seen photos of her mom pregnant.

She has also shared a police sketch of a man whom witnesses saw carrying a child in the Portugal resort the night

Madeleine disappeared.

Faustyna claimed she had been preyed on by a “German pedophile,” without elaborating.

The missing girl’s parents, Gerry and Kate McCann, have agreed to take a DNA test to determine if they are truly related to Faustyna but Faustyna's parents have declined her testing.

What have Madeleine’s parents said about Faustyna’s claims?

Their daughter was last seen sleeping next to her 2-year-old twin siblings while on vacation in Praia de Luz on May 3, 2007.

She originally posted the claim on Instagram and later followed up with a series of TikTok videos. She now has over 1 million followers on Instagram.

Where has Faustyna  claimed to be Madeleine?

Julia Faustyna

“I started doing my own research, I discovered what happened to Madeleine McCann and I connected the dots.”

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