Julia Wandelt: Woman claiming to be missing Madeleine McCann talks of achieving 'big goals' in US
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: The young woman who believes she could be the missing Brit minor Madeleine McCann has spoken about achieving "big goals" while she's in the US. Julia Wandelt — who has also been referred to as Julia Faustyna and Julia Wendell online — is currently awaiting DNA test results after she claimed she might be the three-year-old toddler who went missing during a family holiday in Portugal in 2007.
The 21-year-old, who posted numerous alleged "proofs" on Instagram claiming she's possibly Madeleine, had her Instagram account deleted shortly after amassing one million followers on the app. She is now operating through the social media profiles of Dr. Fia Johansson, a private investigator who is currently helping the Polish national learn her true identity.
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Johansson has kept the world informed on the latest developments in the case and recently posted a short message from Julia. "Consider this your reminder, you are amazing and can achieve big goals," she wrote on her Instagram Stories, attributing the quote to the 21-year-old.
"Thank you for reminding me what butterflies feel like," read another message alongside a picture of Julia.
This comes shortly after Johansson shared a video of Julia playing the piano and singing while a woman standing next to her wiped away her tears. The listener, wearing the black sweatshirt, is believed to be the private investigator's sister, as Johansson captioned the clip, "She played for my sister and she cried."
Wandelt and Johansson have flown to the US from Poland and are currently staying at a safe location in the Los Angeles area after receiving death threats. The duo is reportedly awaiting DNA results that will determine the true ethnicity of the Polish woman. "We are still waiting on the result of DNA testing that will show us exactly what Julia's ethnic background is and what country she and her true family are from. These kinds of tests are very accurate," Johansson said. "Of course depending on the result of that we will continue our investigation to see if Julia could be Madeleine or another missing person. But now the focus is on Julia as a person - not Madeleine," she added, as quoted by The Sun.
Julia is also reportedly facing legal action from a man she accused of abusing her when she was a child. A lawyer representing the individual, who hasn't been identified, has reportedly demanded she stops associating his client with the unsolved mystery of the missing child. "I call on you to immediately stop the grave violation of his personal rights – defaming him, publishing in the media a verdict from many years ago, and implying that he has something to do with the missing Madeleine McCann," the lawyer said in a letter obtained by Radar Online. "If you do not stop such actions – I will file a lawsuit against you for violations of personal rights and consider further steps on the criminal level."
The letter, reportedly dated March 2, 2023, emerged after Julia told Johansson the man had sexually abused her when she was seven years old and resembled someone who was previously a suspect in Madeleine's disappearance. The 21-year-old said she found a photo of the man at the residence of her grandmother, who told her "something" about the case of the missing girl.