Harriet Brookes, a student from Manchester, U.K., has gone viral for claiming that she is Madeleine McCann.
Brookes sent a group text message to her friends in which she makes the bizarre confession, and shares a couple of photographic evidence to back up her claim.
"I don’t usually believe in conspiracy theories but honestly I think I’m Madeleine McCann," she wrote in the chat.
One of her friends responded saying, " I f***ing guve up," but that didn't stop Brookes from sharing more photos. She posted a picture of her eye and leg, along with the captions that read "Exhibit A" and "Exhibit B" to draw attention to the brown spots on her eye and leg, features that Madeleine also has.
Brookes added, "I’m Madeleine McCann and I don’t know what to do with myself."
One of her friends later posted their conversation on Twitter, and it has already been liked by over 100,000 people.
However, upon further probing, there is a strong reason to suspect that Brookes' claim is false. Not only is the 17-year-old too old to be Madeleine, who would be around 14 years today, she also told The Tab that she "just sent it for a joke."
"I’m loving reading people’s reactions. I feel like so many people are taking it seriously," she said.
I think it goes without saying that Brookes' idea of a joke is nowhere near funny, considering how serious Madeleine's case is. The Scotland Yard and the Metropolitan Police have recently been given a combined total of about $16 million to extend their investigation and locate Luisa. So far, they haven't had much luck.
What do you think of Brookes' claims?