It's the unsolved case that has continued to spark interest around the world for 15 years, and last month, hope was ignited that we may finally get the answer of what really happened to Madeleine McCann, as a Polish woman made waves with her claim that she is the missing child.
Julia Faustyna's (also reported as Julia Wandelt or Wendell) Instagram profile went viral, as she used the platform to share her belief that she is the young child that on the fateful night of May 3rd, 2007, went missing from a hotel room in Portugal.
The woman has said that she originally became suspicious after hearing "something" from her grandmother a few months ago and had since come to realise other pieces of 'evidence' that line up with the theory that she could be the Madeleine McCann.
In a recent development, California police have seized Faustyna's phone however, the rationale behind the seizure has not been disclosed.
Speaking to the New York Post, Sgt. Mike Woodroof of the Orange County Sheriff's Department confirmed that Faustyna's phone had been taken by police, but declined to provide any further detail.
This development comes less than three weeks after the 'is Julia the missing Maddie?' question was answered, following the release of the results from the DNA testing the Polish woman took to determine her genetic ancestry.
Dr Fia Johansson, a private investigator who has been assisting Wendell, said in a statement: "Julia's test results are back. We finally know the reality. Although it is impossible to tell for sure without the parent's DNA results on either side, the test results speak to the origins of Julia's roots.
"The test results revealed that she is 100% Polish, with negligible influence from Lithuania and Russia."
The DNA results did not show any connection to British or even German roots, which is the key part of the results that proves Julia Faustyna/Wendall is not the missing McCann.
Julia's 'evidence' behind her belief that she was Madeleine included the same freckle on her leg and a speck in her eye in the same place as Madeleine.
One discrepancy in Julia Faustyna's story was that she is 21-years-old - if Maddie is alive she would be 19-years-old today. However, Julia believed that the age she's been told she is could be a lie in order to cover up the crime.
It's the missing child case that many are familiar with - while the family were enjoying a relaxing holiday with friends in Portugal, Madeleine's parents Kate and Gerry left their three young children asleep in their hotel room, whilst they went for dinner at their hotel's tapas restaurant just 55 metres away.
The couple had agreed that one parent would check on their children every 30 minutes, but at 10pm, when Kate McCann went to check on Madeleine and her younger twins, Sean and Amelie, Maddie was no where to be found.
It is still unclear as to why California police seized Julia's phone however, one thing is for sure - Julia is not the missing Madeleine we had all hoped her to be.
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