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Maria: Interpol To Help Greece With DNA Check
Greek authorities have asked Interpol to help them identify a blonde girl who was found in a Roma settlement by sharing her DNA profile with member countries.
The police agency has said it will make its international DNA database available to any one of its 190 member countries which have been given the profile of someone claiming to be a blood relative of the child, believed to be about five or six years old.
Member countries are also being urged to check Maria's DNA profile against their own DNA files as Greek authorities investigate whether the girl may have been abducted.
Countries that do not have a national DNA database are being encouraged to add their own DNA records to Interpol's records.
The youngster, who is now in care, was found when police raided a Roma camp in central Greece a week ago. Christos Salis and Eleftheria Dimopoulou, a couple who claimed they were given Maria by her mother, have been charged with abduction.
The parents of Lisa Irwin, who went missing in Kansas in October 2011 have contacted Greek authorities in the hope that the girl could be their daughter.
An official request has been made through the FBI and Interpol to the Greek authorities for Lisa's DNA profile to be compared with Maria's DNA, although Lisa would be only three years old in November - younger than police believe Maria to be.
Interpol has also circulated an official Yellow Notice. The briefings are used to help locate missing persons, particularly children or others unable to identify themselves.
Meanwhile, a blonde girl thought to be seven years old and living with a Roma family in the Irish Republic has been taken into care after a tip-off from a member of the public.
The girl, who also has blue eyes, was discovered after officers were called to a house in the Dublin suburb of Tallaght on Monday afternoon.
Concerns were raised after the member of the public saw the blonde girl being looked after by the Roma family. The couple looking after the girl were unable to prove her identity.