BRING BEN HOME

Police formally end their dig for clues in the search for Ben Needham who went missing in Greece as a toddler in 1991

  • South Yorkshire Police began digging for Ben Needham three weeks ago
  • Police and a team of local volunteers excavated around a Greek farmhouse
  • The 21-month-old toddler vanished while on a family holiday in April 1991 
The latest search to find missing toddler Ben Needham on the Greek island of Kos has been called off. 
The 21-month-old baby from Sheffield disappeared from the Greek island on July 24, 1991. 
South Yorkshire Police and Greek volunteers have spent three weeks searching the grounds around an old farmhouse to no avail. 
Ben Needham went missing from the Greek island of Kos on July 24, 1991 while on holiday

Ben
Needham, left,went missing from the Greek island of Kos on July 24, 1991
while on holiday. His mother Kerry, right, praised the police and
 search team for their work this month
South Yorkshire police and volunteers have spent three weeks searching for Ben's body 

South Yorkshire police and volunteers have spent three weeks searching for Ben’s body 
The search team has found items of evidence which may help in the search for Ben's remains

The search team has found items of evidence which may help in the search for Ben’s remains
Ben’s mother Kerry praised the search team who spent the past three weeks searching for her missing son. 
South Yorkshire Police confirmed the dig for clues was at an end. 
It
was prompted by information that digger driver Konstantinos Barkas,
also known as Dino, may be responsible for the toddler’s death, as he
was clearing land with an excavator near where Ben was playing on the
day he vanished.
Mr Barkas is believed to have died from stomach cancer last year.
In a statement, South Yorkshire Police said: ‘The physical search of two sites on Kos, Greece has formally come to an end.
‘Work continues behind the scenes as officers begin to process the findings from each site.’
The force said a full update will be released from the team on the island at midday UK time on Monday. 

Despite not finding Ben's body, his family's supporters stressed the search was not a 'wild goose chase' and did produce evidence which could help solve the 25-year-old mystery

Despite not finding Ben’s body, his
family’s supporters stressed the search was not a ‘wild goose chase’ and
did produce evidence which could help solve the 25-year-old mystery
Detective Inspector Jon Cousins is expect to brief the media in the morning on developments. 

Detective Inspector Jon Cousins is expect to brief the media in the morning on developments. 
According
to the official Find Ben Needham Facebook page: ‘ South Yorkshire
Police, Operation Ben team, the Hellenic Search and Rescue team, huge
thank you to each and everyone of you.
‘Also
to the media that has followed the case of missing Ben Needham for the
last 25 years and special thank you to the ITV Calendar News team who
have been consistently by the Needham family’s side since the beginning
in 1991. xXx
‘Please
everyone remember the items found will now be analysed, so although
there may seem to be no answers as yet hopefully we should have news on
what exactly was found soon. 
‘This
search wasn’t done on a whim after just ONE witness statement. The
Operation Ben team were already following this line of enquiry after
going through 25 years of information and witness statements. 
Supporters of the Needham family have praised the search time for their hard work this month

Supporters of the Needham family have praised the search time for their hard work this month
‘The new witness statement just corroborated the info SYP already had and was a targeted search – not a wild goose chase. 
‘The
Police and the Hellenic Search and Rescue team have our utmost respect
and can’t really thank them enough.As Kerry has already said- they are
heroes.
‘The Hellenic Search and Rescue team are all volunteers , please donate if you can via the link.  
Earlier this week his mother Kerry told how desperate she was for ‘closure’.
She
told Good Morning Britain: ‘You know 25 years of living and not knowing
where your child is, is torment. I don’t like to say it but then at
least we would know and it would be closure – and he can be laid to rest
and we can remember him as he was.’ 

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