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Fake Madeleine McCann’s phone seized by police as investigation launched

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    Police in the US have launched an investigation after obtaining a device they believe belonged to the Polish woman who claimed to be Madeleine McCann.

    Julia Wendell, 21, rose to internet fame after presenting supposed evidence on Instagram to suggest she might be the missing Leicestershire girl who vanished from a family holiday in Portugal in 2007.

    Private detective and self-professed psychic Dr Fia Johansson had been helping Julia in her search for answers.

    READ MORE: Fake Madeleine McCann to do another DNA test despite the first rubbishing her theory

    A 23andMe genetics test eventually proved Julia is nearly 100% Polish, putting her theory to bed.

    Dr Johansson had flown Julia to the US after claims that she had received death threats.

    Julia returned to Poland following the test results. She and Dr Johansson also had a public falling out on Instagram, with the latter claiming Julia was struggling to accept the results.

    Now the saga has taken another dramatic twist with police in California, where Julia was staying, reportedly making contact with their counterparts in the Polish city of Wroclaw, where she lives.

    A source told RadarOnline the Orange County Sheriff's Department informed police in Poland they had obtained a device believed to have belonged to Julia.

    The Sheriff's Department confirmed to the publication that the phone was involved in the probe but refused to provide further details about the nature of the investigation.

    Department Spokesman Sgt. Mike Woodroof told 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."

    In response to RadarOnline's report, Julia claimed on Instagram there is "no open, active investigation about me in Poland".

    She recently revealed plans to take another DNA test in Poland.

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