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Madeleine McCann's Parents Respond To DNA Test Debunking Polish Woman's Claim

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Apr. 5 2023, Published 10:27 a.m. ET

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The parents of Madeleine McCann are saying little about the results of a DNA test proving a Polish woman is not the missing British girl.

“There isn’t anything to report at this time,” a spokesman for Gerry and Kate McCann said Tuesday. ”If and when there is, it will come from The Metropolitan Police.”

Julia Wendell, 21, spent weeks on social media claiming she was the girl who disappeared during a family vacation in Portugal in 2007.

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But private investigator Dr. Fia Johansson revealed to on April 3 that a DNA sample comparing Wendell with McCann’s parents showed Wendell actually is Polish.

Britain’s Sun tabloid reported Wednesday that the results left Wendell “very upset.”

“I told her: Stop this now,.. start to move on with her life,” Johansson said.


Wendell herself became a criminal target after making her claims.

The Daily Express noted threats against Wendell’s life led Johansson to move her from Europe to Los Angeles, where she repeated the claim on an episode of Dr. Phil McGraw’s talk show that recently aired.

One unanswered question is what led Wendell to make the claims in the first place.

Wendell says her parents sexually abused her as a child. Those parents refused to submit their own DNA sample to Johansson, saying in a statement that Wendell has a birth certificate and family photos.

Johansson told The Sun that tests are planned to determine if Wendell has leukemia. She reportedly has a serious asthma problem.

Johansson says at the least, Wendell’s claims have brought new attention to one of Europe’s longest unsolved mysteries.


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