British student claims she is Madeleine McCann

A student's joke that she is missing British girl Madeleine McCann has been shared on the internet by thousands of people.

Harriet Brookes sent a message to a friend claiming to be the missing child because of similar birthmarks on her eye and leg.

British student claims she is Madeleine McCann
Photo credit: Twitter
Harriet Brookes sent a message to a friend claiming to be the missing child because of similar birthmarks on her eye and leg.
Harriet Brookes sent a message to a friend claiming to be the missing child because of similar birthmarks on her eye and leg. Photo credit: Twitter

"Right guys. I don't usually believe in conspiracy theories but honestly I think I'm Madeleine McCann," she said.

While her friends mocked the claim, she stayed firm in her statement.

"I'm Madeleine McCann and I don't know what to do with myself."

However, it is impossible for the university student to be Madeleine, as the missing girl would only be 14 years of age. 

Ms Brookes later took to Twitter to clarify the claim was a joke and not meant to be taken seriously.

Screenshots of her claim were posted to Twitter by a friend.

Madeleine McCann disappeared from Portugal in May 2007 a week before her fourth birthday.

Many commenters have called the joke insensitive, while others pointed out it was probably meant to remain in a private message among friends.

UK police announced in October they plan to continue their investigation into Madeleine's disappearance.

In the decade since she went missing, there have been 8,685 reported potential sightings across the globe.

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