The parents of missing British girl, Madeleine McCann, have reportedly agreed to a DNA test just days after Polish woman, Julia Faustyna, went viral for her claims of being their daughter.
Faustyna, 21, rose to public attention after she started posting to the Instagram account, @iammadeleinemccann, claiming she might be the missing child.
Kate and Gerry McCann have reportedly agreed to a DNA test to prove (or dissprove) Faustyna’s suspicions, according to the Daily Beast. The Find Madeleiene campaign told marie claire Australia that it would not comment on the Instagram account, but a friend close to the McCann family told the Daily Beast they are willing to follow the lead.
Faustyna herself appears to have confirmed the news in her Instagram bio, which reads: “Thank you for the support! Kate and Gerry McCann agreed [to a]DNA test!”
Faustyna’s Instagram details the similarities she claims to share with Madeleine in a series of photos and videos, citing a freckle on her leg and a distinctive mark on her iris as proof that she may be the missing girl.
Faustyna claims she has so far been met with reluctance to investigate her claims, telling The Tab, “I called my local police, Capital city police, the MET police, Portugal police and Crime Stoppers.”
This reluctance is why Faustyna says she started the Instagram account, which has amassed more than 900k followers in less than a week, as the only way to get the attention of Kate and Gerry McCann, and hopefully prove she is their missing daughter.
Three-year-old Madeleine McCann went missing on the evening of May 3rd, 2007, from her hotel room in Praia da Luz, Portugal. Madeleine was left sleeping with her siblings while her parents dined at a nearby restaurant. When Kate McCann went to check on the children later that evening, Madeleine was gone.
Faustyna’s claims are perhaps the most significant development in the case since Christian Brueckner was identified as a suspect in Madeleine’s disappearance in April 2022. In October of that year, Brueckner was charged with unrelated sexual offences in Portugal over a 17 year period. He is currently serving a seven year sentence.
Despite an exhaustive global search and various leads, the case remains unsolved to this day.