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Missing Ben Needham: New Search In Greece
British police investigating the disappearance of Ben Needham are to search a mound of earth close to where he went missing in Greece 21 years ago.
Ben vanished on the island of Kos in July 1991 when he was 21 months old, after his mother and grandparents moved there from Sheffield.
Despite a number of possible sightings and a range of theories about what happened to him, no trace of the youngster has been found.
A team of experts will begin examining the grounds of the farmhouse from which Ben disappeared tomorrow, before deciding whether any areas should be dug up.
The search, which is expected to last up to 10 days, will centre on a large mound near the house which is now grassed over.
One theory is that Ben could have been buried beneath building material which was dumped there at the time he went missing.
His mother, Kerry Needham, 41, told the Daily Mirror: "This is an elimination process and that's how I'm dealing with it.
"It's one of the most important things to happen in 21 years."
Mrs Needham has previously said she believes the mound was already there when Ben went missing.
Angela Smith, the MP for Penistone and Stocksbridge, told BBC Radio Sheffield: "Hopefully they won't find Ben in that rubble and it closes down another line of inquiry and narrows down the possibilities.
"I know that she [Mrs Needham] will be very keen for this work to be undertaken and rock solid confident, I'm sure, that they won't find Ben there."
South Yorkshire Police, which is leading the operation, said the search, which follows a request from Greek police for extra support, would also involve a forensic archaeologist and search dogs.
A spokesman for the force said: "During the past 18 months, South Yorkshire Police has reviewed all material held by the Greek police in relation to Ben's disappearance in order to support the Greek enquiry.
"We have also obtained Ben's DNA from Sheffield Children's Hospital."
what do you think?
I feel for Ben's family, hopefully this might bring some closure for them, if the search is successful
Must be a living nightmare
Why the sudden interest after 21 years, there's no mention of any tangible reason here, new information or what? I hope for everyone's sakes he's found but it seems a shot in the dark.
Gengis. I agree. All this should have been done when the child went missing but no one took any notice whatsoever at the time. Quite a contrast with the McCann saga. Wonder why that was ? Could it be because this mother was from a council estate in Sheffield and not well heeled professionals ?
I do agree,but bear in mind this was 21 years ago. The media coverage was probably no where near as much as we'd get today. I do hope it uncovers his whereabouts though.
It rather begs the question as to why this was not done at the time?
Heartbreaking after all these years, finding Ben there after all these years, i know will bring closure, but will be horrendous now, will it be better knowing he has 21 years of hopfully a happy life with some one who took him, but this never knowing aswell , really feeling for Ben's mum and family xx
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after all the hype.... and media coverage over two apparently staunch members of society,s lack of resolve over taking care of their daughter whilst on holiday in a foreign land ....................... does british society not feel just a tad guilty WAITING 20 BLOODY YEARS BEFORE GIVING HELP TO MRS NEEDHAM AND HER FAMILY???