Police in Yorkshire revealed on Tuesday that a DNA test carried out on a Romanian young man in Cyprus has proved he is not Ben Needham, who disappeared in 1991. An anonymous source had handed in the video of the young man attending an event in a church next to a middle-aged Roma. The source had filmed the video last May in Limmasol, Cyprus and claimed that the man had a resemblance with how little Ben might look now.
Ben Needham from Sheffield, UK, vanished when he was 21 months old while on holiday with his mother and his grandparents on the Greek island of Kos.
When the man from Romania was indefied by the Cyprus police was stunned to hear that he mught be adopted. The man, 21, said that both his parents were living abroad and that he was on the island in search of work, while he was living with the family of his girl friend, also a Romanian. The DNA test confirmed what the young man was claiming: that he was not missing Ben Needham.
missing Ben Needham
young man in Cyprus – computerized image of Ben
Ben’s family was disappointed by the results but said they “remain strong and resolute in search,” UK media reported adding that Ben’s mother Kerry has always maintained her son is alive and was probably abducted.
The video from the church reached authorities after the turmoil around Maria, the little blonde girl that was found in a Roma camp in Central Greece.
After a week of uncertainty about Maria’s real parents, her family was located in a Roma cmap in Bulgaria. A DNA test proved that the little “blonde angel” – so the media worldwide – was the daughter of a Roma family.
At the end of the day Maria was deprived from her adopted parents – a Roma couple in Greece – and her family in Bulgaria was deprived from five out of her nine children as authorities removed them and put them in a social facility. Maria is expected to be sent to a social facility for children with problems in Bulgaria as well.
PS I hope we will soon stop chasing with a DNA test every blonde child or young individual sitting next to a dark-skinned lady or a dark-haired pensioner.