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Post  bb1 on Tue Oct 23, 2012 4:28 pm

http://news.sky.com/story/1001578/ben-needham-search-childrens-toys-found

Ben Needham Search: Children's Toys Found

Toy cars found beneath the ground during a search in Greece for missing Ben Needham have been shown to his family.



Ben Needham as he was in 1991 (L) and as he may look now (R)

By Mike McCarthy, Sky News Correspondent, in Kos
Police have discovered parts of toys that Ben Needham may have been playing with on the Greek island of Kos before he went missing.

The samples were found by archaeologists supporting a team of investigators at the spot where the toddler went missing aged 21 months.

Inspector Colin Hope, who is part of the specialist search team, said: "We have found small parts of what look like tiny cars. We have found some wheels, we have found a bonnet.

"But we have also found plastic bits of toys like little heads from dolls and that kind of thing ... a whole range of toys really, including the sort of items we are looking for."

Mr Hope said Ben was known to have had a couple of toy cars.

It is not yet known whether the items, which have been shown to the Needham family, belonged to the toddler.

Excavators have now dug two metres below ground and archaeologists say they have reached the level the ground was at when Ben disappeared in July 1991.

Dr Nicholas Marquez-Grant, an archaeologist from Oxford University, said: "What I am trying to look at in general crime scene work is graves, for example.

"What I am doing here (on Kos) is to establish what the natural layer of soil is. We know from maps and databases what we are looking for - particular layers of a certain colour."

Police are raking and sifting soil dug up by a JCB on a hillside location overlooking the Aegean Sea. The area is not far from Kos town and is surrounded by olive and lemon groves.

A beer can with a sell-by-date of 1992 and a number of animal bones are among the items discovered so far.

Forensic anthropologists are on site to examine the finds.

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Post  Pedro Silva on Tue Oct 23, 2012 5:12 pm

I know that the Greek police have to analyse all theories, but, I wonder if those Dinky toys were showed to Mrs. Neddham so she can recognize or admit if those toys belonged to Ben or not. I think that it would much easier for the investigation about Ben, also, the fact of those toys there, doesn´t prove they belonged to Ben, it doesn´t prove that corpse is buried there, that´s why Mrs. Needham should take a look at the toys, also through forensic tests.
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Post  bb1 on Thu Oct 25, 2012 10:26 pm

There isn't any news:

http://www.itv.com/news/calendar/update/2012-10-25/excavation-enters-seventh-day/

8:10PM, THU 25 OCT 2012 NEW SEARCH FOR BEN NEEDHAM
Excavation enters seventh day
Last updated Thu 25 Oct 2012

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The mother of Ben Needham is tonight flying home to Sheffield, after an emotional return to the island of Kos where her son disappeared 21 years ago. Kerry has been on the island since the weekend with members of her family, hoping against hope

that nothing will be found in the excavation of the site from where Ben vanished in July 1991. The massive operation, involving UK Police and Greek volunteers, today went into its seventh day - with no sign of anything being discovered. Duncan Wood reports from Kos.


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Poor lady - poor family. I know they don't want Ben's remains to be found, because as long as he is missing, there is still hope that he is alive, but it must be awful to just not know.

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Post  Sabot on Fri Oct 26, 2012 12:22 am

Animal Bones? Who was burying animals? Why would anyone dump a dead animal in such a place?

This is all far too late, and best left alone now. His Mother doesn't want to know. She didn't get the help she should have had at the time, but offering it now is just plain cruel. Whose bloody brilliant idea was that? Some bloody Forker who wanted another chance to kick The McCanns? Well sodding done.
She isn't made of the same sort of stuff as The McCanns. This is only causing her more misery.

Oh Wow, we found him for you. Didn't we do well? Here, take him away and give him a decent burial. That'll make you feel better. vomit
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Post  lily on Fri Oct 26, 2012 7:35 am

The poor woman is between a rock and a hard place. Bless her.
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Post  bb1 on Fri Oct 26, 2012 8:54 pm

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No Trace Of Ben Needham In New Search

The toddler went missing in 1991 near a farmhouse his grandfather was renovating on the Greek Island of Kos.

British police have ended their latest search for Ben Needham who disappeared on the Greek Island of Kos 21 years ago.

A fresh hunt was launched by South Yorkshire Police along with Greek officers on October 19 after doubts emerged about whether parts of the site where he went missing were examined thoroughly at the time.

The 21-month-old Sheffield boy, who moved to Greece with his mother and grandparents, disappeared from a remote spot next to a farmhouse that his grandfather Eddie was renovating.

Detective Superintendent Matt Fenwick said: "Police teams out in Kos have not found anything this week.

"The search has now been completed at about 4pm, Greek time today (Friday). South Yorkshire Police are continuing to support the Greek authorities and Ben's family."

Over the last week, experts focused their search on a large mound, which was grassed over, near the farmhouse.

One theory is that Ben could have been buried beneath building material which was dumped there at the time he went missing.

During operations, sophisticated radar equipment was used to provide penetrating images from below ground level.

Olive and lemon groves surrounding the farmhouse were also examined.

Police also discovered parts of toys that Ben may have been playing with before he disappeared.

Despite a number of possible sightings and a range of theories about what happened to him, no trace of the youngster has been found.

South Yorkshire Police renewed their search following a request from Greek police for extra support, which involved a forensic archaeologist and search dogs.



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Post  lily on Sun May 17, 2015 3:41 pm

Do hope that there is a resolution to this case.
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'If I hadn't left I wouldn't have mum' Missing Ben Needham's sister speaks out

Post  Max on Tue Jun 28, 2016 9:26 pm


http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/525684/Missing-Ben-Needham-sister-speaks-out-parent-mother-child-disappear





'If I hadn't left I wouldn't have mum' Missing Ben Needham's sister speaks out



THE sister of Ben Needham, who went missing in Greece aged one, has spoken out about how her childhood was ruined by her brother's disappearance.


By Alex Hickson / Published 26th June 2016

Leigh-Anna Needham, 22, was born almost three years after Ben went missing, but he has still been central to her life.

She said: “I spent my childhood in Greek courts, on TV chat show sofas and being stared at by strangers in supermarkets who knew me as ‘Ben Needham’s sister.’”

Next month marks the 25th anniversary of Ben's disappearance, making it one of the longest-running missing person cases in British history.

On July 24 in 1991 Ben was staying with his grandparents with his mother Kerry Needham on the Greek island of Kos.

His grandparents Eddie and Chris left him playing outside before realising that he had disappeared at around 2.30pm and has not been seen since.

Before Leigh-Anna's birth, in February 1994, her mother had tried to kill herself twice because of depression.

When Leigh-Anna was three she moved in with her grandparents after Kerry had a "complete mental breakdown".

She explained that the "tipping point" for her mother came when she was confronted by a stranger who saw her laughing on a bus.

Leigh-Anna said: "A stranger called her a disgrace, saying that she should be grieving and searching for her son. That knocked her for six."

She added: “Sending me to live with my grandparents was the best thing for me.

“If I hadn’t left, I don’t think I’d have a mother. She would have drunk herself into oblivion or topped herself.”

Leigh-Anna says that she had to take part in several reconstructions of her brother's disappearance when she was younger to try and jog people's memory.

She said: “I’d get up at 4am to travel to London, have my make-up done and sit on a sofa next to Mum, dazzled by studio lights.

“But I don’t blame her for putting me in those situations – it was the best way of finding Ben.”

Leigh-Anna recalls finding it difficult with her schoolmate's attitudes, who thought her life was "glam" because she appeared on TV shows and travelled constantly.

She also said she found her mother's fears for her safety and strict rules hard to deal with.

Since then Leigh-Anna has found love with Craig Fisher, 27, with whom she has one child Hermione.

Predictably people drew comparisons between Leigh-Anna's future child and Ben.

She said: "I didn’t let myself think like that. I just looked forward to meeting my little girl.”

But Leigh-Anna has said that she has found it difficult not to be protective her two-year-old.

She said: “I want to be less strict than Mum was with me, but it’s hard.”

After Hermione, Leigh-Anna says she is much closer with her mother.

"We’re more like sisters now,” she says.

“Mum is so strong – I admire her enormously.”

The fight to find Ben was helped with an extra £1million of new funding and 10 officers are now in Kos to search.

But Leigh-Anna says she will never have a normal life.

She said: "Whether Ben’s missing or found, there’s no normal.

“He’s been gone for a quarter of a century. He might be happily living with another family. There are just so many unknowns.

“But I know he can’t have just vanished. He’s out there somewhere.”


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Post  bb1 on Tue Jun 28, 2016 9:34 pm


She explained that the "tipping point" for her mother came when she was confronted by a stranger who saw her laughing on a bus.

Leigh-Anna said: "A stranger called her a disgrace, saying that she should be grieving and searching for her son. That knocked her for six."


Sounds sadly familiar. The only blessing is that there was no internet when Ben vanished, or his poor family would have been torn to shreds.

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Post  lily on Tue Jun 28, 2016 10:50 pm

You know they would Bonny.  It also sounds like the mother may actually have killed herself if that lot got at her.
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Police in Ben Needham search rule 30 lookalikes out of inquiry 25 years after disappearance

Post  Max on Fri Jul 22, 2016 2:14 am


http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/police-ben-needham-search-rule-8467896



Police in Ben Needham search rule 30 lookalikes out of inquiry 25 years after disappearance


20:58, 21 JUL 2016 UPDATED 20:58, 21 JUL 2016
BY TOM PARRY

Detectives used DNA to check men after releasing an artist's impression of what Ben - who vanished aged 21 months - may look like as an adult

Police investigating the disappearance of Ben Needham 25 years ago have eliminated 30 people suspected to be him from their inquiry.

Detectives leading a new probe on the Greek island of Kos used DNA to check men who resembled an artist’s impression of an adult Ben.

The tests confirmed none of them was him – though “a small number” of others have still to be ruled out.

Ben went missing on the afternoon of Wednesday July 24, 1991 from outside a farmhouse in the tiny village of Iraklis.

He was 21 months old when he vanished.

The tot, from Sheffield, had been taken there by his grandmother Christine to see her husband Eddie, who was working on renovating the building along with some local workmen.

Despite many alleged sightings, the mystery of what happened to Ben remains unsolved. He has never been traced.


On Sunday, his mum Kerry, who was working in a nearby hotel on the island at the time, will mark the sombre anniversary of her only son’s disappearance.

South Yorkshire Police launched a new investigation into Ben’s fate in April last year, backed by £1million funding from the Home Office.

In May this year, detectives returned to Kos to launch an appeal for information to shed fresh light on the long-running mystery.

After the visit, Det Insp Jon Cousins, one of the senior officers in the case, said “very significant” information had come to light, without revealing details.

A South Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “We have eliminated over 30 people who were suspected to have been Ben using DNA and other means. Enquiries continue regarding a small number of other people who still need to be eliminated.

“Nearly 3,000 people have been spoken to during the course of the investigation and hundreds of people have come forward with information to help our inquiry.

“The investigation is ongoing and we remain committed to finding answers for Ben’s family about what happened to him 25 years ago.”

In 2012, the Daily Mirror revealed that the force would launch a forensic dig for the toddler’s remains in a field next to the farmhouse.

However, nothing was found aside from some of the toys Ben was playing with that day.





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Post  bb1 on Fri Jul 22, 2016 10:12 am

I hope the Needham family get closure some day, Max, even if it is the worst news.

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Ben Needham's mum wakes to recurring nightmare of 'alive and well son rejecting her

Post  Max on Sun Jul 24, 2016 2:10 pm



http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/532400/Ben-Needham-mum-nightmare-dream-son-alive-well-rejecting-her


Ben Needham's mum wakes to recurring nightmare of 'alive and well son rejecting her'


AFTER years of torment Kerry Needham revealed that she has a recurring dream that her son Ben is "alive and well" but doesn't want anything to do with her.



By Nicole Stinson / Published 24th July 2016


Today marks exactly 25 years since 21-month-old Ben disappeared, making it the longest-running missing person case in British history.

Kerry still has hope that her now-adult son is alive.

“He’s a happy young man, living with another family,” Kerry said, recalling the nightmare she now regularly experiences.

“But then he rejects me."

Kerry told the Sunday People: "I wake up and realise it’s just a dream, so there’s still a chance of a fairytale ending.”

Ben vanished from the Greek island of Kos on July 24, 1991.

The Sheffield tot had been playing outside his grandparents' house.

He would turn 27 this October.

Despite hundred of reported sightings, Ben has never been found.

Earlier this year, cops were following a lead that Ben was snatched, renamed Andreas and raised by a man named Nikos.

His family, who also believe he was abducted, said they had been told he had been taken away from the island on a black speedboat.

A local man reportedly called the helpline four times in March 1993 with the tip but it was not followed until after another person rang in.

Kerry, 44, spiralled into depression after Ben went missing.

Her daughter Leigh-Anna revealed her mum had attempted to kill herself twice during the three years between Ben's disappearance and her birth.

Leigh-Anna was eventually sent to live with her grandparents after Kerry had suffered a "mental breakdown".

Kerry continued to fight on and still believes there is a chance she will get to see Ben one day.

As for her brother, Leigh-Anna still believes her brother is out there.

She added: “He’s been gone for a quarter of a century. He might be happily living with another family. There are just so many unknowns.

“But I know he can’t have just vanished. He’s out there somewhere.”




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Post  lily on Sun Jul 24, 2016 7:08 pm

Can't help but feel painfully sorry for them.
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