Woman claiming to be Madeleine McCann opens up about haunting childhood
She believes she is Madeleine McCann.
A woman who has claimed to be Madeleine McCann has recalled her earliest memory which has similarities to the same place the toddler disappeared 16 years ago.
Julia Wendell, who is also known by the names Julia Faustyna and Julia Wandelt, went viral in February after sharing what she claimed as “evidence” on Instagram that she is the girl who went missing in Praia da Luz in 2007. The evidence included some freckles on her leg and an eye defect.
The 21-year-old, who would be two years older than Maddie who would turn 19 in April, has said she does not remember large chunks of her childhood, or the moment she was supposedly taken.
She has also claimed she was abused by a German pedophile who looks like someone who was once a suspect in Maddie’s disappearance. Polish police have disputed Julia’s evidence and her parents have claimed she is unwell.
Wendell, speaking on US TV, said she had one memory from her younger years which involves being near a beach and the ocean.
“I have some single memories since eight, nine years old,” she told Dr. Phil.
“And before eight, I have only this one memory of beach and water, like sea or ocean, and there were turtles and children trying to catch the turtles and take them in their hands.
“And I remembered light-coloured buildings, like white or very light colours, sunlight on this building.”
Private investigator Dr. Fia Johansson, who is supporting Julia in her case and believes that she “isn’t lying” admits that the memory the 21-year-old has is similar to the surroundings where Madeleine was abducted.
She said: “When I put it all together, I thought, ‘Hmm, something makes sense and I need to get into why she remembers just that things’.
Julia is currently in the US awaiting the outcome of three DNA samples and a genetics test to determine if she is in fact, Madeleine McCann.
This article originally appeared on JOE UK.