The search for Madeleine McCann, who went missing from a resort in the Algarve in 2007, may have actually helped investigators find another missing girl.
According to The Sun, a teen seen wandering the streets of Rome for several weeks, speaking only English, led authorities to believe they may have found Madeleine.
After studying photos of the young woman, however, investigators realized that the girl in question is likely too old to be Madeleine, who would be 13 years old now
“Thank you all for contacting us regarding this child. We have passed on to Operation Grange. They do not believe this is Madeleine,” the Madeleine Facebook campaign endorsed by Kate and Gerry McCann recently posted in response to messages about the missing girl in Rome. “This is someone’s child, so if you know who this child is, please contact the authorities in your country. Please keep sharing too.”
Instead, authorities now believe the girl in the photos could actually be Amanda Adlai, who was reportedly abducted from her mother’s home in Michigan in 2008.
According to reports, Amanda was kidnapped by her estranged father, Victor Adlai. Authorities have long since thought that Adlai took his daughter to his native Russia.
The blonde-haired, blue-eyed girl would be 15 today, according to The Sun.
At this time, Amanda’s mother has not responded to the claims that this young woman, who appears to be homeless, could be her missing daughter.
People who have seen the young woman in the street say she typically responds to the name Maria.
The Daily Mail has now exclusively revealed that the homeless girl in Rome is actually a young woman with Asperger’s syndrome, who went missing six months ago.
The woman’s name is Embla Jauhojärvi and she disappeared from her home in Stockholm, Sweden, in May, according to her father.
He is now flying to Italy to reunite with his daughter.