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GREECE BEN NEEDHAM: Missing from the Greek island of Kos - 24 July 1991 - Age 21 months

Discussion in 'Europe: Missing & Unidentified' started by Ladyslug, May 9, 2016.

  1. Ladyslug

    Ladyslug Bronze Member

    A team of British police officers is heading for the Greek island of Kos to look for new witnesses in the search for Ben Needham, who went missing as a toddler almost 25 years ago.

    Ben, from Sheffield, was 21 months old when he vanished on 24 July 1991 after travelling to the island with his mother and grandparents.

    Over the years there have been a number of possible sightings and a range of theories about what happened to the youngster, who would now be 26.


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  2. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Oh my gosh! Seriously? I pray his mum gets answers!!!
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  3. Akoya

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    I highly recommend this book. It's available from Amazon as an ebook. If nothing else, it helps Kerry Needham through the proceeds of book sales.

    This book is a perfect example of what really happens behind the scenes with governments and law enforcement agencies. The Greek police were useless when Ben disappeared. The British police did next to nothing. Most of the search efforts were done by Kerry Needham and her family. They had no money. The British appeared on Kos a few years ago to dig holes, just like they did with Madeleine in Portugal. I think the only reason the British government is helping Kerry is because they were shamed into it by the response to the McCanns.
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  4. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    This is the location where Ben disappeared. Very few people could have known that Ben's grandfather would be working at this location that day.

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    Age Progressions


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    Greek police hunting missing Ben Needham are probing eight theories about what happened to the British toddler

    Toddler Ben Needham went missing 24 years ago on Greek island of Kos
    His mother Kerry, from Sheffield, has always maintained he was abducted
    Documents reveal Greek investigators are probing eight different theories
    Lack of clarity 'damaging to the credibility' of the Greek investigation, new papers have claimed


    PUBLISHED: 06:01 EST, 9 August 2015 | UPDATED: 06:29 EST, 9 August 2015

    Greek police hunting missing Ben Needham are probing eight different theories about what happened to the British toddler, it has emerged.

    Ben was just 21 months old when he went missing while on a family holiday on the Greek island of Kos in July, 1991.

    Now it has been claimed that Greek detectives examining the disappearance are looking at possible explanations ranging from 'serious crime to accidental death'.

    But the lack of clarity has been 'damaging to the credibility' of the investigation in Greece, according to documents obtained by the Sunday People.

    Specific details of the hypotheses have been blacked out in the papers, Jonathan Corke reports.

    News of the theories emerged after a Freedom of Information request following a British review which took place earlier this year.

    Ben's family have always said they believe he was abducted after he disappeared from outside a farmhouse they were helping to renovate.

    Earlier this year, South Yorkshire Police was granted £700,000 in Home Office funding to support the Greek authorities in continuing inquiries to find Ben.

    A review was launched in February by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary to see how South Yorkshire officers would use the cash.

    Papers from the review said enquiries had been made 'across the world from Germany to Australia'.

    According to the Sunday People, the report adds: 'The fact that after more than 20 years we are no clearer about the reasons for Ben’s disappearance is... damaging to the credibility of the Greek police investigation and indirectly South Yorkshire Police.

    'The Special Grant Funding will enable SYP to identify and address outstanding investigative opportunities, possibly resolve the case and if not at least give the Needham family some reassurance that all reasonable lines of enquiry have been pursued.'

    Last month, it emerged that officers from South Yorkshire Police had questioned a Roma gipsy family in connection with the toddler's abduction.

    The Mirror reported how Ben's mother Kerry, 43, from Sheffield, who has campaigned for years to find her son and believes he is still alive, was 'relieved they have finally been challenged'.

    The paper reported how Ms Needham begged police to visit the 'strange little town' where the gipsies lived for years after being told of numerous sightings of a child matching Ben's description with the family.

    Detective Inspector Jon Cousins said this was 'significant' to the investigation.

    In May Ms Needham travelled to Athens with South Yorkshire Police to appear on a missing persons programme and appeal for information.

    There was excitement soon after when a man called the show saying he was Ben. But detectives ruled him out after discovering the caller had been DNA-tested several years ago and found not to be the missing boy from Sheffield.

    Police were also given the name of another man who had been previously ruled out, but said in May they were analysing a photograph sent to them of a third man. They were also chasing seven new leads at the time.

    Detectives from South Yorkshire Police received 30 calls during the three-hour programme, as Ben’s heartbroken mother vowed to ‘never, ever stop looking for him’.

    After the broadcast, she said: ‘I believe he is out there and I don’t think it’s going to be long. It’s just a feeling I have inside myself.

    'It feels like he is saying, “Come on, I’m here just come and get me.”

    'That keeps me going. I want him to know that I love him just as much today as when he was born.’

    A spokesman for the Foreign Office previously said: 'We have the deepest sympathies with Ben Needham's family and continue to offer them consular support.

    'We are following this case closely and will fully assist South Yorkshire Police wherever possible.'

    Ben vanished after travelling to Kos with his mother and grandparents, who were renovating a farmhouse in the village of Iraklise.

    In 2013, a DNA test carried out on a man in Cyprus proved he was not Ben.
  11. Ladyslug

    Ladyslug Bronze Member

    Thanks for those Akoya this is a case I keep looking back at
    I saw an interveiw with Kerry Needham a few years ago and it was heartbreaking
  12. Akoya

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    July 24, 1991: At around 2.30pm Ben disappears while on a family holiday to the Greek island of Kos with his mother and grandparents. The Needhams had been renovating a farmhouse in the village of Iraklise.

    July 25: Police and the Needhams search a hillside close to where Ben went missing but there is no trace of him.

    September: Due to illness, the family have to return to England because they can no longer live and work on the island.

    1992: Various sightings of children matching Ben's description are reported to police but nothing comes of the leads.

    1993: Ben's mother Kerry flies back out to Kos to get an update on the police investigation but nothing is forthcoming from Greek officers.

    1994: Grandparents Christine and Eddie meet with a prisoner serving time in the Greek city of Larissa. He named a gipsy family who he claimed were involved in hiding Ben but it fails to produce a positive sighting.

    2003: The charity Missing People and the Met Police issue a computer-generated photo of what Ben would look like at age 12–14.

    July 2011: South Yorkshire Police launch a cold case review. Officers are sent from Athens to Kos in an attempt to kick-start the investigation.

    November 2011: DNA obtained from a Guthrie heel-prick test when Ben was born can be used by police, it is ruled by the High Court.

    May 2012: A digger driver claims he was excavating in the area at the time of Ben's disappearance. Land was excavated but no trace of Ben was found.

    2013: Another artist's impression is released of what Ben would look like as an adult.

    2014: A DNA test on a young man featured in video footage shot in Cyprus proved negative.

    May 2015: A man came forward claiming to be Ben after the Needhams made an emotional appeal for information on Greek TV. The man proves to be an impostor but detectives say they are pursuing new leads following the TV appeal.

    July 2015: Police reveal they have questioned a Roma gipsy family in connection with Ben's abduction.
  13. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    I have also followed this case for years. My heart goes out to Kerry Needham.
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  15. Akoya

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    This is the house Ben's grandfather was doing construction on the day Ben disappeared. Ben's grandmother took Ben to the house that day. Very few people would have known this. The house is in an isolated area of the island. Ben was in the house with his grandparents and the man his grandfather worked for. Ben went outside and vanished.

  16. Akoya

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    This is the driveway where Ben was when he disappeared.

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    Twenty-one years later, the British government showed up on Kos to dig in the field next to where Ben was last seen.
  20. Akoya

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    Having read Kerry's book, I can only think of a few things that could have happened to Ben.

    - Someone in the Needham family sold him to traffickers.
    - The man working with Kerry's father alerted traffickers that Ben was at the remote location.
    - Someone in the surrounding houses alerted traffickers that Ben was in the driveway.
    - Kerry's mother could have told someone where she was taking Ben for the day.
    - It's unlikely, but possible, that kidnappers drove past the driveway where Ben was playing.
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