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Ancient Greek graves discovered during hunt for missing toddler

Ben Needham disappeared from the Greek island of Kos in 1991.

ANCIENT GRAVES HAVE been unearthed on the Greek Aegean island of Kos in a new search for a toddler who went missing over two decades ago.

Detective Inspector Jon Cousins said in a video released by the South Yorkshire Police: “We have actually found some archaeological remains, we’ve got four graves which date back at least 1,500 to nearly 2,000 years ago.”

Cousins is part of a team of experts, supported by Greek police, who are searching outside a Kos farmhouse where Ben Needham, a 21-month-old toddler from the northern English city of Sheffield, went missing in 1991.

New information

Cousins insisted that the discovery of the graves, which must be examined by the Greek archaeological service “doesn’t hamper what we’re doing, we’re cracking on.”

The search began Monday in a large field with olive and fig trees just outside the farmhouse after “new information” came to light in May, according to Cousins.

He added: “As a direct result of an appeal to the people of Kos in May of this year, an independent witness has given an account to officers and this, along with facts that we already knew, has brought officers back to the farmhouse to conduct targeted searches based on the information that we have now.”

Reports say police are now examining the possibility the toddler, who had been playing outside the farmhouse, was crushed by a digger clearing land during renovation works.

In past years there have been suspected sightings of young men believed to resemble Ben in Greece and Cyprus, but DNA tests have come back negative.

© – AFP 2016

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