A girl on social media is doing all that she can to prove she is Madeleine McCann, the British girl who went missing in Portugal in 2007 and has never been found.
The girl named Julia has made a dedicated Instagram account to share details that she feels prove she is actually McCann.
Madeleine went missing from an apartment in Praia da Luz in Portugal in 2007 whilst her parents were having dinner at a nearby restaurant. She was three years old when she went missing.
Julia has over 600,000 followers now and has continued to make bold claims about her identity, having had very little recollection of her own childhood.
She first began having these thoughts a few months ago after something her grandma said and she has been trying to get a copy of her birth certificate.
She has limited memory of her childhood and is not even sure that she is really 21 years old. She said on an Instagram live: “I don’t remember most of my childhood but my earliest memory is very strong and it’s about holidays in hot place where there was a beach and white or very light coloured buildings with apartments,” she said. “I don’t see my family in this memory.”
She has claimed that she has similar spots on her body to Madeleine and has the same rare eye condition as Madeleine, coloboma. “I have a mark on the same eye,” Julia said. “I have similar shape of face, ears, lips, and gap between [my] teeth.”
Julia also claims to be the victim of a German paedophile whom she confronted some weeks ago about the Madeleine case and he was ‘very suspicious’.
Her parents do not seem particularly interested in her claims. Julia told The Tab she has spoken to her family about her beliefs too, but they didn’t want to talk to her about it.
“[My] mother didn’t want to talk about it,” she said. “She said the past is in the past and she is not going to talk about the past. She said now is the future and we should focus on the future. My dad said, ‘even if I am not your father will it change anything?’”.