Police ‘Seize Phone’ Of Girl Who Claimed To Be Madeleine McCann In New Twist To Case

Police have allegedly 'seized the phone' of the girl who claimed to be Madeleine McCann in a new twist to the case. 
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Police have allegedly ‘seized the phone’ of the girl who claimed to be Madeleine McCann in a new twist to the case. 

Three-year-old Madeleine disappeared from her family’s holiday apartment in Portugal in May 2007.

Her disappearance has remained unsolved and over the years has continued to be the subject of extensive media coverage and investigation.

Earlier this year, a 21-year-old Polish woman called Julia Wandelt went viral on social media after claiming to be Madeleine.

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However, DNA tests confirmed that Wandelt was not the missing youngster, who vanished more than 16 years ago.

Before the DNA results, private detective Dr Fia Johansson took an interest in Wandelt’s case and flew her from Poland to Los Angeles after she received online threats.

She has now alleged to that Wandelt’s phone has been ‘seized by police’ during her time in the US.

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The detective claims that Wandelt handed over the device voluntarily and that it was part of a search and seizure.

Department Spokesman Sgt Mike Woodroof tells RadarOnline: “We are not going to make any comments about the case.

“Our investigation is taking a deep look into it and we’re going to let them do their investigative duties and then from that point let the judicial system take over – if it needs to.”


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When Wandelt finally received her DNA results, it revealed that she is from Poland, with some Lithuanian and Romanian heritage, according to Dr Johansson.

The medium wrote on Instagram: “The DNA test results did not show any connection to British or even German roots.

“This story is much more complicated than a simple girl from a small town in Poland making a claim to get attention.

“She truly believed what she was saying, and with so many questions about her childhood, it is easy to understand where she was coming from.

“What is amazing is [her] parents’ refusal to resolve this nagging question for Julia.”

She added: “In any case, upon the revelation, she decided to be back with her dad. I personally wish her well.”

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After Wandelt’s DNA was deemed not to be a match with the McCann’s, the woman issued an apology to the McCann family, according to MailOnline.

She wrote: “I don’t remember most of my memories, but I can remember some things and I never said that I am Madeleine McCann.

“I used this sentence to create a nickname for my old Instagram account, it was my mistake and I know it and I apologise for that because I should use the words ‘Am I Madeleine McCann?’ not ‘I Am’.

“So, it was my fault… My main purpose was always to find out who I am and what exactly happened in my very hurtful past.”

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Written by Cal Gaunt

Cal is a former content editor at IGV who specialised in writing trending and entertainment news. He previously worked as a news reporter at the Lancashire Telegraph and earned an NCTJ in Sports Journalism.