As Julia Faustyna continues to make headlines with claims that she is missing British toddler Madeleine McCann, police in Poland have joined the growing chorus of voices disputing her claims.
In 2007, while on a holiday with her parents in Portugal, three-year-old Madeleine disappeared from her bed at a resort, garnering worldwide attention. Despite extensive investigations, her whereabouts remain a mystery.
Now, as speculation surrounding Madeleine’s fate intensifies, Faustyna has come forward claiming to be the missing toddler. She has shared photos and memories from her childhood on social media in an attempt to substantiate her assertion.
Faustyna initially claimed in a post to social media; “I think I can be Madeleine.”
“I don’t remember my childhood practically at all, but I do have a few memories,” she said.
“The earliest of these are vacations – I remember baby turtles (turtles hatch in May/June just from what I’ve read) and white apartment blocks, a bar where there was a performance by some ladies in costumes (folk costumes, I think, I don’t know), but I completely don’t recall my mother being there, for example, or my stepfather, much less my dad.
“I have a defect in my eye, in the same eye, the kind of defect Madeleine had.
“Except that in my case it’s faded more and more every year. I talked to the doctor and there is a possibility that this defect was operable, and so logically it seems to me that if someone kidnaps a child about whom everyone “trumpets” that he has such a defect in the eye, it seems to me that such a kidnapper will do everything he can to remove or cover up such a defect.”
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Despite Faustyna’s belief that she is the missing toddler, many have spoken out to refute her claims. Most recently police in Poland “ruled out” Faustyna’s version of events.
“The actions taken by the police officers from the Provincial Police Headquarters at this stage contradict the version presented by this woman,” Paweł Noga from the Provincial Police Headquarters in Wroclaw told the local news outlet Gazeta.
“The activities are in progress, but it can already be ruled out that this version is true.”
The police’s statement comes shortly after Faustyna’s family broke their silence on the matter, denying their daughter’s assertions.
Her family refuted her claims in a statement issued to the Polish missing person’s organisation, Missing Years Ago.
“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,” the statement read.
“Julia also has these photos, because she took them from the family home with the birth certificate, as well as numerous hospital discharges.
“We always tried to understand all situations that happened with Julia. Numerous therapies, medicines, psychologists and psychiatrists.
“Julia once wanted to be a singer, a model. She always wanted to be popular. What’s happening now she got 1 million followers. We’re afraid Julia will carry the inevitable. The internet won’t forget, and it’s obvious that Julia isn’t Maddie.
“We are devastated at this current situation. At the same time, we would like to announce that we will not do interviews, publish any photos, comment on articles. Please direct any questions or concerns to the Spokesperson of the Provincial Police Command in Wrocław, who is conducting proceedings in Julia’s case and to whom we have provided all the necessary evidence in this case.”