Julia Faustyna: Facial recognition company gives verdict on Polish woman claiming to be Madeleine McCann

  • 20/03/2023

An artificial intelligence company says the Polish woman claiming to be Madeleine McCann likely isn't the missing British girl.

Julia Faustyna, who is also known as Julia Wendell and Julia Wandelt, gained worldwide attention after claiming she is the missing girl who disappeared during a family holiday in Portugal in 2007.

Last week, Faustyna submitted samples for three forensic tests to determine whether she has any ties to the McCann family ancestry.

While the DNA results aren't back yet, the head of Swiss facial recognition company, Ava-X, says it's very unlikely Faustyna is McCann.

The company uses facial recognition technology to help police identify offenders and reunite missing people with their families.

Ava-X boss Christian Fehrlin told German outlet Blick after analysis it's "practically impossible" Faustyna is the missing British child.

Fehrlin said while the technology can never 100 percent rule anything out, he's 90 percent sure they're not a match.

"You can save yourself the DNA test," he told Blick.

The news comes just days after Faustyna's private investigator Dr Fia Johansson revealed there are fears she could have leukaemia.

Dr Johansson told The Sun  Faustyna's blood work is abnormal and she is undergoing further tests.

"Her blood work is also abnormal so my doctor here in the US is investigating whether she could have leukaemia so we are awaiting the results of that. And if she needs any treatment we will make sure she gets that," she told the outlet.

Faustyna claims she has no memory of her childhood and details from her parents simply don't add up.

Because of this, and an eye defect that matches the toddlers, she is adamant they are the same person.

This has been ruled out by the Provincial Police Headquarters in Wroclaw who told Polish news site Gazeta Faustyna's version of events do not add up.

In spite of this, Johansson and Faustyna have continued the DNA process also saying they are open to the possibility that she may be another missing girl Livia Schwepp.