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Discovery of girl in Greek Roma camp gives hope to missing boy’s family

Ben Needham went missing in 1991 on the Greek island of Kos and links were previously made to the Roma community in the area he disappeared from.

Image: Help Find Ben Needham via Facebook

THE DISCOVERY OF a four-year-old girl at a Roma camp in Greece has given hope to the family of a British boy who is believed to have been kidnapped in 1991 on a Greek island.

Ben Needham was just 21 months old when he disappeared in July 1991 on Kos where he was holidaying with his parents. He was playing outside a farmhouse his family were renovating when it is believed he was snatched.

There have been more than 300 reported sightings of the boy, who would be in his early twenties now and private investigators hired by his family in 1995 linked his disappearance to a Roma camp in Salonika, Greece. However no evidence was found that a blond boy in the camp was the missing British child.

On a Facebook page set up to raise awareness of the case, his family said today that they were “extremely delighted” by the news of the young girl being found.

We have always believed that Ben’s abduction was gypsy-related, and have had a long ongoing inquiry in Larrisa. We hope that the investigation into Ben’s disappearance will now be looked at again in Larrisa with the British and Greek police.

Greek police are still trying to identify the little girl who was found in the camp near Farsala in central Greeece as a DNA test revealed she was not related to the couple she was living with.

It has been reported today that hundreds of parents of missing children have claimed the girl could be their missing daughter. She is currently in the care of a charity which will use anthropologists to try to work out where she may have come from.

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