uses cookies. By continuing to browse this site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Click here to find out more »
Dublin: 9 °C Thursday 22 March, 2018

Mother of missing UK toddler told he may have been killed in Greek digger accident

Ben Needham was 21 months old when he disappeared on the Greek island of Kos.

Image: PA WIRE

THE MOTHER OF missing UK toddler Ben Needham, who disappeared in the Greek island of Kos 25 years ago, has said police told her that her son may have been killed in a digger accident.

Today South Yorkshire Police Officers said officers will be travelling to Kos in the coming weeks to follow up new lines of enquiry in the investigation.

“Working with the Greek Authorities, officers are now in a position to travel back to the island and commence ‘digs’ at two sites close to where Ben was last seen on 24 July 1991,” they said in a statement today.

Detective Superintendent Matt Fenwick leading the investigation said: “We continue to keep an open mind and have updated Ben’s family about certain lines of enquiry we’re currently exploring.

In limbo

The boy’s mother Kerry and police from the UK had made a media appeal in Greece in May this year, and police said this prompted new information and lines of enquiry, which have been explored and investigated over the last three months.

Speaking to ITV today, Kery Needham said she has been told that it is suspected her little boy was struck by a JCB digger near where he was last seen.

In a way it would be better if they do find something, because then I know, I do know. And although that will be extremely difficult to deal with, I will be able to deal with it in my own way, in my own time, with support of people around me. If they don’t find anything, I’m still living in limbo then aren’t I? Is he still out there? Is he not? I don’t know what’s worse.

“As a mother, the thought of your child hurting and suffering, I think that’s more unbearable to deal with really,” she said.

“I just hope that I’ve got the strength to get through it this time, maybe it’s for the last time.”

Read: UK police and mother of missing toddler to make appeal to Greek public>

Read: Man calls TV show saying he looks like toddler who went missing 24 years ago>

  • Share on Facebook
  • Email this article

Read next:


This is YOUR comments community. Stay civil, stay constructive, stay on topic. Please familiarise yourself with our comments policy here before taking part.
write a comment

Leave a commentcancel